Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Voic­es of Praise, ed­it­ed by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Dit­son, 1883), num­ber 364.

Music: Bo­he­mia, har­mo­ny by Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van (1842–1900), from the 14th Cen­tu­ry Laus Ti­bi, Chris­te (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur S. Sullivan (1842–1900)

Lyrics

In the wintry hea­ven
Shines a won­drous star;
In the east the wise men
Watched it from afar;
Asking, What this lus­ter,
So un­earth­ly bright?

Answering, Christ in glo­ry
Comes to earth to­night.

O’er the dusty high­way,
O’er the des­ert drear,
From the east, the wise men,
Watch it shin­ing clear;
Asking, Shall we fol­low
In this star­light way?

Answering, Yes, ’twill lead us
To the per­fect day.

In a low­ly man­ger
Lies an in­fant weak;
Is it He whom wise men
Come so far to seek?
Asking, Where the mon­arch?
Where Ju­dea’s king?

Saying, Gifts and wor­ship
To His throne we bring.

In our hearts, we child­ren,
See this star once more;
Not as wise men saw it,
In the days of yore;
Asking, May we bring Him
Childhood’s love to­day?

Answering, Come, dear child­ren,
Jesus says we may.

illustration
The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)