Scripture Verse

The star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the Child was. Matthew 2:9

Introduction

Words and Mu­sic: D. S. An­der­son, in Crown of Life, ed­it­ed by Will­iam A. Og­den (To­le­do, Ohio: Will­ard W. Whit­ney, 1875), pag­es 116–17 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know An­der­son’s full name, or have ac­cess to a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

Lyrics

A most beautiful star burst out one night,
And it shone with such splendor and holy delight,
That wise men from the East, a country afar,
Beheld with great joy that dear beautiful star.

Refrain

Like a radiant gem it shone upon them,
And led them rejoicing to Bethlehem;
And the story it told, more precious than gold,
Will ever to glory the way unfold.

’Twas a Savior they sought, ’twas a Savior they found,
And they told the glad story the country around;
Shall not we be as wise as those from afar,
And follow the beams of the beautiful star?

Refrain

That bright Bethlehem star is shining yet;
It arose in its beauty, but never will set;
For the time draweth nigh when nations afar
Shall walk in the light of that beautiful star.

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