Scripture Verse

There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel. Numbers 24:17


Thomas Kelly

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

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

The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré


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.