Scripture Verse

We have seen His star in the east. Matthew 2:2


James H. Fillmore, Sr. (1849–1936)

Words: Lu­cin­da B. Bate­man, in Songs for the Wee Ones, ed­it­ed by James Fill­more (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1876). Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Grace Glenn, Bate­man’s pseu­do­nym.

Music: Ca­ho­kia Mounds James H. Fill­more, Sr. (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bate­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Little stars that twin­kle in the hea­vens’ blue,
I have oft­en won­dered if you ev­er knew,
How there rose one like you, lead­ing wise old men
From the East, thro’ Ju­dah, down to Beth­le­hem.

Did you see the cost­ly pre­sents they had brought?
Did you see the sta­ble they in won­der sought?
Did you see the wor­ship ten­der­ly they paid
To that stran­ger Ba­by in the man­ger laid?

Did you hear the mo­thers plead­ing thro’ their tears
For the babes that He­rod slew the com­ing years?
Did you see how Jo­seph, warned of God in dreams,
Hurried into Egypt guid­ed by your beams?

Did you watch the Sav­ior all those years of strife?
Did you know, for sin­ners, how He gave His life?
Little stars that twin­kle in the hea­vens’ blue,
All you saw of Je­sus, how I wish I knew.