The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Welcome That Star In Judah's Sky

Words: Rev. Robert Stephen Hawker, 1840
A Cornish Carol

Music: Mr. Herbert Stephen Irons
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #133

1. Welcome that Star in Judah's sky,
That voice o'er Bethlehem's palmy glen:
The lamp far Sages hailed on High,
The tones that thrilled the shepherd men:
Glory to God in loftiest Heaven!
Thus Angels smote the echoing chord;
Glad tidings unto man forgiven,
Peace from the Presence of the Lord.

2. The Shepherds sought that Birth Divine,
The Wise Men traced their guided way;
There, by strange light and mystic sign,
The God they came to worship lay.
A human Babe in beauty smiled,
Where lowing oxen round Him trod:
A Maiden clasped her awful Child,
Pure offspring of the Breath of God.

3. Those voices from on high are mute,
The Star the Wise Men saw is dim:
But hope still guides the wanderer's foot,
And faith renews the Angel hymn:
Glory to God in loftiest Heaven!
Touch with glad hand the ancient chord,
Good Tidings unto man forgiven,
Peace from the Presence of the Lord.

Sheet Music from Chope

Also found in A. H. Bullen, A Christmas Garland (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885), pp. 73-4.

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