There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.@Numbers 24:17
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Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)

Thomas Kelly, Hymns Not Before Published (Dublin: Thomas Johnston, 1815), number 2.

Alcester Samuel S. Wesley, in A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kemble (London: John F. Shaw, 1864), number 35 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

Jacob’s star is ris’n at last,
Brighter than the brightest sun:
Darkness is for ever past,
And the joyful day begun.

Sing aloud, the cause is great;
Sing ye heav’ns, and sing thou earth:
Still the joyful theme repeat,
Joyful theme, Emanuel’s birth.

This is Jacob’s promised star,
Giving light to all around;
Shining clear and seen afar,
Seen to earth’s remotest bound.

Sing the Infant, virgin-born,
He a king, a king by birth;
Though the mark of human scorn;
Heir of all in Heav’n and earth.

Now ye saints, dry up your tears;
See, the day is come at last:
Jacob’s promised star appears,
Darkness is for ever past.