Scripture Verse

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


Words: John H. An­ke­tell, Gos­pel and Epis­tle Hymns for the Chris­tian Year (New York: Church Re­cord, 1889), num­ber 8.

Music: Moul­trie Ger­ard F. Cobb, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good por­trait of Cobb (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els) that we could put on­line, would you ?


Bright o’er Bethlehem’s lowly mangers,
Beamed a new and lustrous star,
Guiding by its light the strangers
From their Orient land afar;
Where beneath its silver shining
Lay a fair and wondrous child,
God and man in one combining,
Born of virgin undefiled.

Then, the midnight silence breaking,
Sages from a distant land
Came, their humble homage making,
Priceless offerings in their hand
To the King of earth and Heaven,
To that fair and holy Child,
Man’s atoning Savior given,
Born of virgin undefiled.

Gold they offer, rich in splendor,
Fitting tribute of a king;
Frankincense they humbly render
To their God, whom angels sing;
But of all their gifts undying
Myrrh sheds forth a sweet perfume,
For it tells of Jesus lying
Silent in His rock-bound tomb.

Lord, we haste to Bethlehem going
With our gold of fervent love;
Offer myrrh, repentance showing;
Incense bear to God above;
Who, beneath the star’s soft shining,
Cradled lay, a heavenly Child,
God and man in one combining,
Born of virgin undefiled.