Scripture Verse

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Matthew 2:10

Introduction

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H. A. César Malan
(1787–1864)

Words: H. A. Cé­sar Ma­lan (1787–1864) (Quelle Est au Ciel Cette Brill­ante Étoile?). Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by Jane E. Ar­nold, Lyra Ev­an­gel­i­ca (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1866), page 24.

Music: Mer­cy Lou­is M. Gott­schalk, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Louis M. Gottschalk
(1829–1869)

Lyrics

Whence appears this brilliant star
In the eastern skies afar?
Never hath a ray so bright
Pierced the gloomy shades of night.

See! the glory of its beams
With celestial radiance streams
Towards Judea’s holy land,
Guiding there a faithful band.

There, a lowly infant made,
There, in Bethlehem’s manger laid,
Christ, the Prince of Life, they find—
Christ, the Savior of mankind.

Ye who slight Emmanuel’s grace,
Who in Him no beauty trace,
Here His love for sinners see,
In His deep humility.

Rise and shine, bright morning star!
Spread thy heavenly light afar,
Till each heart illumined be,
With the radiance shed by thee.