The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Long Time Ago, A Wondrous Star

For Epiphany

Words and Music: Not Stated

Source: John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #22, p. 42.

1. Long time ago, a wondrous star
    Led o'er a trackless way
Three Gentile sages from afar,
    To where an Infant lay

2. In swaddling clothes all helpless bound,
    In poor and mean abode;
And there in Him all Gentiles found
    Their Saviour and their God.

3. Thence come all joy, all love, all light,
    That gladden Christian homes,
Our very safety day and night
    From that one Dwelling comes.

4. Cold, then, and heartless they must be,
    Who all these blessings share,
Yet grudge, on Christ's Epiphany,
    Their meed of praise and prayer.

5. Lord, keep us from such sinfulness,
    And give us grace to prove,
How they, who daily debts confess,
    Should render love for love.

Sheet Music from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #22, p. 42.

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