Scripture Verse

The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy. Job 38:7

Introduction

Words: Reg­in­ald He­ber, 1811. Heber orig­in­al­ly wrote this hymn for the Feast of the Epiph­a­ny. It was first pub­lished in the Chris­tian Ob­serv­er in 1811, but did not ap­pear in hymn­als un­til af­ter He­ber’s death.

Music: Morn­ing Star James P. Hard­ing, 1892 (🔊 pdf nwc). The tune was writ­ten to be used at the Gif­ford Hall Mis­sion in Lon­don.

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Reginald Heber
(1783–1826)

Lyrics

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Hail the blest morn when the great mediator
Down from the regions of glory descends.
Shepherds, go worship the Babe in the manger;
Lo! for His guard the bright angels attend.