The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Stars Of Glory Shine More Brightly

Words: Dr. Husenbeth

Music: Traditional
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: St. Basil's Hymnal. New York: Benziger Brothers, 12th Edition.

1. Stars of glory, shine more brightly,
    Purer be the moon-light's beam,
Glide ye hours and moments lightly,
    Swiftly down times deepening stream,
Bring the hour that banished sadness,
    Brought redemption down to earth,
When the shepherds heard with gladness
    Tidings of a Saviour's birth.

2. See a beauteous angel soaring
    In the bright celestial blaze,
On the shepherds low adoring
    Rest his mild, effulgent rays.
"Fear not" cries the heavenly stranger
    "Him whom ancient seers foretold,
Weeping in a lonely manger,
    Shepherds, haste ye to behold."

3. See the shepherds quickly rising,
    Hastening to the humble stall,
And the new-born Infant prizing,
    As the mighty Lord of all,
Lowly now they bend before Him
    In His helpless infant state,
Firmly, faithful they adore Him
    And His greatness celebrate,

4. Hark the swell of heavenly voices
    Peal along the vaulted sky;
Angels sing, while earth rejoices
    "Glory to our God on high;
Glory in the highest heaven,
    Peace to humble men on earth;
Joy to these and bliss is given,
    In the great Redeemer's birth."

Sheet Music from St. Basil's Hymnal

Sheet Music by S. Janowska from Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1940, #9, pp. 12-13.

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