Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Will­iam Knox, Songs of Is­ra­el (Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: J. An­der­son, 1824), cen­to.

Music: He Lead­eth Me Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, Gold­en Cen­ser (New York 1864) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Knox (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William B. Bradbury
1816–1868

Lyrics

The Star of Jacob yet shall rise
Upon a sad and sinful world,
Like morning from the orient skies,
When night’s dark curtain clouds are furled.
And all the nations of the earth
Shall come with songs of holy mirth,
To hail the great Redeemer’s birth,
The advent of the Word divine.

The Star of Jacob’s heav’nly light
Shall cheer this lowly vale of tears,
As planet, through the glooms of night,
Upon the wanderer’s path appears;
And from temptation’s guileful snares,
And ’neath the load of mortal cares,
And through the toil that mortal bears,
It shall the faithful pilgrim guide.

The Star of Jacob’s holy beam,
Shall fade not with the fading ev’n,
But meet the pious pilgrim’s dream,
And draw his footsteps on to Heav’n;
And to the soul, with parted breath,
It shall illume the darksome path
That stretches through the vale of death,
And bring him safely to his God.