Scripture Verse

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9


William W. Gilchrist

Words: Charles Cof­fin, Pa­ris Bre­vi­a­ry 1736 (Quae stel­la so­le pul­chri­or). Anon­y­mous­ly trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish in The Church Hym­nal, by Will­iam Cooke & Will­iam Den­ton, 1853.

Music: Glad Day Will­iam W. Gil­christ, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Coffin


Hail the day, when in the sky
Shone the Day-spring from on high;
When the star from Heaven displayed
Where the holy Child was laid.

Onward moving, that bright flame
Did the Savior’s birth proclaim;
And the Gentiles came to bring
Offerings to their infant king.

Lord of glory, may Thy light
Shine upon our darkened sight,
Till it guide us to the rest
Where Thy people shall be blest.

May it light us on the road
Leading to the throne of God;
And our offering then shall be
Hearts devoted, Lord, to Thee.

Hymns of glory and of praise,
Father, unto Thee we raise;
Praise to Thee, O Christ our king,
And the Holy Ghost, we sing.