The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail The Blest Morn!

Version 2
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Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning

Words: Bishop Reginald Heber, 1783-1826

Music: “Star In The East,” English, 1820
Meter 10s & 11s

Source: Silas H. Durand, and P. G. Lester, eds., Hymn and Tune Book For Use In Old School or Primate Baptist Churches (Greenfield, Indiana: D. H. Goble, Fifth Edition, 1886), #59, p. 24.

1. Hail the blest morn! when the great Mediator
Down from the mansions of glory descends;
Shepherds, go worship the babe in the manger,
Lo! for his guard the bright angels attend.

Chorus:
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning.

Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
Star in the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2. Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining;
Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall:
Angels adore him, in slumbers reclining;
Wise men and shepherds before him do fall. Chorus

3. Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom, and offerings divine,
Gems from the mountains, and pearls from the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? Chorus

4. Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor. Chorus

Sheet Music "Star In The East," an English tune from 1820, from Silas H. Durand, and P. G. Lester, eds., Hymn and Tune Book For Use In Old School or Primate Baptist Churches (Greenfield, Indiana: D. H. Goble, Fifth Edition, 1886), #59, p. 24.

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