The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright?

For Epiphany

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What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright - Version 5
What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright - Chandler, 1837

Words: Quć stella sole pulchrior, Charles Coffin (1676-1749), Paris Breviary, 1736
Translation by John Chandler, ca 183
7, alt.
from Turle’s Psalms and Hymns

Music: "Quae Stella," Michael Praetorius
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Source of verses 1, 2, 5: O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #151, p. 193.
Source of verses 3, 4, 6: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #80, p. 125.

1. What star is this, with beams so bright,
A stranger midst the orbs of light?
It shines to herald forth the King,
Glad tidings of our God to bring.

2. See now fulfilled what God decreed,
"From Jacob shall a Star proceed:"
And lo! the eastern sages stand,
To read in heaven the Lord's command.

3. While outward signs the star dis0plays,
An inward light the Lord conveys,
And urges them with force benign,
To seek the Giver of the sign.

4. True love can brook no dull delay,
Through toils and dangers lies their way;
And yet their home, their friends, their all
They leave at once, at God's high call.

5. Oh, while the Star of heavenly grace
Invites us, Lord, to seek Thy face,
May we no more that grace repel,
Or quench the light which shines so well.

6. To God the Father, God the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
May every tongue and nation raise
An endless song of thankful praise! Amen.

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #151

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #80, p. 125.

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