The Twinkling Stars
Words and Music: English Traditional
Meter: Common Meter (CM), 86 86
Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847, Reprinted by Michael Raven, 2007), p. 57.
1 Veil your bright heads, ye twinkling stars,
In your ethereal blue;
On this low earth a Star appears
More glorious far than you.
2 His beams, eclipsed in human clay,
Are dimly seen to shine,
And pour on men a gentle ray
Of tenderness divine.
3 Come, let us view the Saviour's bed,
Unnoticed and forlorn,
And press to see the lowly shed
Where heavenly love was born.
4 Sweet were the smiles that decked His face,
And soft His infant eyes;
But sweeter was the matchless grace
That brought Him from the skies.
Also found under the title The Morning Star. in William Wileman, Hymns for the Sunday School (London: The Library of Truth, 1881), pp. 54-55.
A fifth verse was found in The Evangelical Magazine, Volume 16, December 1808, p. 576 (London: Williams and Smith, 1808), under the title "The Child's Christmas Hymn."
Hail! Prince of Peace, — a thinkful child
Salutes the annual day
That once disclosed the Godhead mile
Enshrined in humble clay!
The Author's initials were: "W. B. C."
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