Scripture Verse

We have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2

Introduction

Words: Al­ex­ce­nah Tho­mas (1857–cir­ca 1910).

Music: John H. Kurz­en­kna­be, 1888 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Tho­mas (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
John H. Kurzenknabe
1840–1927

Lyrics

Jesus is the star of guid­ance
Shining bright up­on our way,
Leading ev­er thro’ the dark­ness
Up to realms of end­less day.
Hail, O star that shines in splen­dor
Thro’ the dark­ness of the night!
Shining o’er the fields of er­ror,
Doubt and gloom will take their flight.

Refrain

Beautiful star, beau­ti­ful star,
Thy ra­di­ance o’er us is steal­ing;
Beautiful star, beau­ti­ful star,
To mortals a glo­ry re­veal­ing.

When of old the wise men jour­neyed
Where the lit­tle Christ child lay,
Up in heav’n a star so won­drous
Shone to guide them on their way;
And they saw the star of glo­ry,
Knew at once this was the sign
That to them was born a Sav­ior,
Him of roy­al Da­vid’s line.

Refrain

Bearing gifts of love they follow
Till they find the Lord of all
Cradled lowly in a man­ger,
And be­fore His feet they fall.
Then they wor­ship and adore Him,
Jesus Christ the in­fant King;
Costly gifts of gold and in­cense
To His hum­ble throne they bring.

Refrain

illustration
The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré
1832–1883