The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Stars Of The Morning!

Words: R. P. Ellis, 20th Century

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #428

1. Stars of the morning! loud be your psalmody,
This day adorning meetly with melody,
For unto us a Son is given,
Who cometh into the world from heaven.

2. Godís Son eternal, leaving the heritage
Of realm supernal, maketh a pilgrimage,
Forth from a virgin-womb proceeding,
Mercy to bring to the mercy-needing.

3. Lo! Mary poureth lowly her orison;
Joseph imploreth humbly a benison;
Where ox and ass, their Owner knowing,
Down to the crib of a Babe are bowing.

4. King of Archangels, throned on the Cherubim,
Worship of Angels, joy of the Seraphim;
Whence may we feeble mortals capture
Skill to adore him with holy rapture?

5. Heavenly chorus, learn us a madrigal,
Glad and sonorous, meet for this festival!
Thy lowly heart, O Joseph, lend us!
Mary, in all that we lack, befriend us!

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