The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Arise And Hail The Glorious Star

Words and Music: English Traditional from a MS. Collection

Source: Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 108.

1. Arise (and hail), Arise and hail the glorious Star,
    Which brought the wise Men from afar;
Which led them on this happy morn,
    To see the great Messiah born.

Chorus:
Awake, awake! awake!
Let holy shouts arise!
See Israel's Star appear in yonder skies,
See Israel's Star appear in yonder skies.

2. Behold, (behold) Angelic Choirs together sing!
    With melody the heavens ring.
Good-will to all mankind proclaim,
    For Christ is born in Bethlehem. Chorus.

3. With heart (and voice) Join all ye nations from afar,
    In songs of praise to Israel's Star;
Sing all ye Angels from on high,
    Shout Hallelujahs through the sky! Chorus.

Sheet Music

Note from Dr. Dunstan:

This is one of the very best of the popular Cornish Carols, and probably dates from about 1820. Sung to as accompaniment of Flutes, Clarinets and Bassoons, at early Christmas morn as I have often heard it the remembrance is ineffaceable. In a tattered MS. book at least a century old lent me by Mr. F. Dunstone, Secretary of the London Cornish Association, and the property of his father, Mr. W. C. Dunstone, Portloe, Veryan, I found the melody of this carol, evidently written from memory (but incorrectly barred), which does not differ in a single note from the version given here.

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