Scripture Verse

The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. Matthew 2:9


Daniel B. Towner (1850–1919)

Words: Julia H. Johns­ton, in Song and Stu­dy for God’s Lit­tle Ones, ed­it­ed by Ber­tha F. Vel­la (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ro­bert R. Mc­Cabe, 1894), page 88.

Music: Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (🔊 pdf nwc).


List to the beau­ti­ful sto­ry
Of Beth­le­hem’s won­der­ful star,
Shining in ra­di­ant glo­ry
Over the hea­vens afar.


Wonderful star! Glo­ri­ous star!
Guiding the wise men who came from afar,
Softly thy light shines thro’ the night,
Bethlehem’s beau­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful star,
Bethlehem’s beau­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful star.

All thro’ their jour­ney so lone­ly
The pil­grims that came from the East,
Followed this guid­ing light on­ly,
Till the long wan­der­ing ceased.


Seeking the Sav­ior so ho­ly,
Who came to be Is­ra­el’s king,
Soon to His cra­dle so low­ly,
Gold and frank­in­cense they bring.


Jesus, Thou star of the morn­ing,
Tho’ I’m but a child in Thy sight,
Turning from sin at Thy warn­ing,
Gladly I fol­low Thy light.


The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)