Over a city shineth at night
Marvelous whiteness, wondrously bright!
Never such starlight glittered before—
See how it hovers over yon door!
Star of fulfillment! Beautiful star!
Lighting the manger, seen from afar;
Beacon from Heaven, sign of the King,
Light out of darkness, earthward you bring.
Not o’er a palace shineth this light;
Not o’er a temple, fair to the sight.
No, this bright beacon shineth so fair,
Over a stable—low in the air.
Over a stable? how can it be!
Go with the shepherds; hasten and see!
Enter the stable, bend and adore
Jesus the Infant—King evermore!