Scripture Verse

Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2


J. Lincoln Hall (1866–1930)

Words: Ir­vin H. Mack, The Ser­vice of Praise (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1900), num­ber 155.

Music: J. Lin­coln Hall (🔊 pdf nwc).

Due to the com­plex­ity of the score, this work is prob­ab­ly best suit­ed for a choir.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mack (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Hall,



Star of the east now shin­ing
In the az­ure sky,
Star bright­ly gleam as by
The pro­phets long fore­told;
Come, shep­herds, come and hast­en
O’er the east­ern plain,
Your in­cense rare and jew­els fair
At the feet of the King un­fold.

Yes, we glad­ly come and fol­low
Where the star is lead­ing,
Long, so long, we’ve watched and wait­ed
For its won­drous gleam­ing,
Hail the Prince of Peace,
The Sav­ior pro­mised to the sag­es,
Hail Im­ma­nu­el Mes­si­ah
Born in Beth­le­hem.


Still the star beams on and beck­ons
To the won­drous Sav­ior;
Still it leads the way to where
The Prince of Peace is sleep­ing;
Shine, O won­drous star, through­out
The glo­ri­ous com­ing ag­es,
Till we all with Him shall reign
In peace for­ev­er­more.