Scripture Verse

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


The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

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).

Alternate Tunes:

Arthur S. Sullivan


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.