Scripture Verse

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king…there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.@Matthew 2:1–2

Introduction

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Sanford F. Bennett
(1836–1898)

Words: San­ford F. Ben­nett, in The Sig­net Ring, by Jo­seph P. Web­ster (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ly­on & Hea­ly, 1868), page 40.

Music: El­la­combe Ge­sang­buch der Herz­ogl. Wir­tem­ber­gisch­en Ka­thol­isch­en Hof­ka­pel­le (Würt­tem­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1784). Ad­apt­ed & har­mo­nized by Will­iam H. Monk in the 1868 ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, num­ber 366 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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William H. Monk
(1823–1889)

Lyrics

In Bethlehem was Jesus born,
The Son of God Supreme;
And wise men from the eastward came,
Whose eyes His star had seen.
When Herod sent them on their way,
Afar to Bethlehem,
A light to guide their steps aright,
That star preceded them.

And as their longing eyes beheld
Its clear and gentle rays,
How swelled their hearts with untold joy!
How warmed their lips with praise!
If we so seek to find the way
To loving Jesus’ feet,
Faith’s guiding star, with gentle light,
Our longing eyes shall greet.

And we may bear our gifts of gold,
And myrrh, and frankincense,
The off’rings of a contrite heart,
That sinning, yet repents.
And He who pities sinful man
Those gifts of love shall bear,
And place them near the Father’s throne,
To be our witness there.