The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jacob's Star Is Ris'n At Last

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), Hymn II, p. 2.

'There shall come a star out of Jacob."óNumbers xxiv. 17.

1 Jacob's star is ris'n at last,
Brighter than the brightest sun:
Darkness is for ever past,
And the joyful day begun.

2 Sing aloud, the cause is great;
Sing, ye heav'ns, and sing, thou earth:
Still the joyful theme repeat;
Joyful theme, Emmanuel's birth.

3 This is Jacob's promis'd star,
Giving light to all around;
Shining clear, and seen afar,
Seen to earth's remotest bounds.

4 Sing the Infant, virgin-born,
He a King, a King by birth;
Though the mark of human scorn,
Heir of all in heav'n and earth.

5 Now, ye saints, dry up your tears;
See the day is come at last:
Jacob's promis'd star appears,
Darkness is for ever past.


Also found in Thomas Kelly, Hymns Not Before Published (Dublin: Thomas Johnson, 1815), Hymn II, p. 2.

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