Scripture Verse

I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16


Words: W. Wood, in Sun­day School Hymns (New York: General Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Sun­day School Un­ion & Church Book So­ci­e­ty, 1867).

Music: Bar­bi­can L. E. M., in The Sun­day School Cho­ris­ter (Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin: Young Church­man Com­pa­ny, 1891), num­ber 7 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor or com­pos­er’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


See! the morning star is dwelling,
On the eastern mountain’s height,
See! The day all days excelling,
Bursts upon our aching sight;
Sing we then, the carol free,
Christus natus hodie.

Long our watch has been, and dreary,
Long we wandered from afar,
So the wise men, worn and weary,
Followed still the leading star,
Till the Day Spring’s self they see,
Christus natus hodie.

Hence, away! all care and sadness!
Hence, and ne’er return again!
Angels sing with Notes of Glad­ness,
Peace on earth, good will to men.
Join we them in carol free,
Christus natus hodie.