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 - Chandler, 1837

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

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 38

1. What star is this with beams so bright,
Which shame the sun’s less radiant light?
‘Tis sent to announce a new-born King,
Glad tidings of our God to bring. Alleluya.

2. ‘Tis now fulfill’d as God decreed,
“From Jacob shall a star proceed:”
And in the Eastern sages stand
To read in heaven the Lord’s command, Alleluya.

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

4. Impatient love knows no delay,
Through toil and danger lies their way:
And yet their home, their friends, their all,
They leave at once at God’s high call. Alleluya.

5. O while the star of heavenly grace
Invites us, Lord, to seek thy face,
May we no more that grace repel,
Or quench that light which shines so well. Alleluya.

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. Alleluya.

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