Scripture Verse

A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. Numbers 24:17


Thoro Harris (1874–1955)

Words: Hen­ry K. White, in A Sup­ple­ment to Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, by Will­iam B. Coll­yer, 1812.

Music: Cri­mea Tho­ro Har­ris, cir­ca 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Brixen Sam­uel S. Wes­ley, in A Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), num­ber 32 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • The Star of Beth­le­hem (Funk) in A Com­pi­la­tion of Ge­nu­ine Church Mu­sic, by Jo­seph Funk, 4th edi­tion, 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Henry K. White (1785–1806)
National Portrait Gallery



When, marshaled on the nightly plain,
The glittering hosts bestud the sky,
One star alone of all the train
Can fix the sinner’s wandering eye.

Hark! hark! to God the chorus breaks,
From every host, from every gem;
But one alone the Sav­ior speaks,
It is the Star of Bethlehem.

Once on the raging seas I rode,
The storm was loud, the night was dark,
The ocean yawned, and rudely blowed
The wind that tossed my foundering bark.

Deep horror then my vitals froze,
Death-struck, I ceased the tide to stem;
When suddenly a star arose,
It was the Star of Bethlehem.

It was my guide, my light, my all;
It bade my dark forebodings cease;
And through the storm and danger’s thrall,
It led me to the port of peace.

Now safely, moored, my perils o’er
I’ll sing, first in night’s diadem,
Forever and for­ev­er­more,
The star! The Star of Bethlehem!