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Pastor Philipp Nicolai lived and pastored a congregation in Unna, Germany during the bubonic plague in the 1590's. As he stood at his office window one day, looking out on the mass graves that had been dug for the members of his congregation and community, Nicolai found himself overcome with grief. In response to the horrific number of deaths over several months (1300 total, 170 in one week!), he wrote this hymn. It was as if God had invaded his heart, reminding him of a God who brings the Morning Star out of the darkness.