The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In The Wintry Heaven

Words: Traditional, Chorus by R. R. Chope

Music: R. F. Smith

Source: Carol #512, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. In the wintry heaven,
Shines a wondrous Star;
In the East the wise men
Watched it from afar;
Asking, What this lustre
So intensely bright!
Answering, Christ from Glory
Comes to earth tonight!

Chorus
Hail the starlight shining
Gentiles, hail its ray!
Onward it is leading
To the perfect day.

2. O'er the dusty highway,
O'er the deserts drear,
From the East the wise men
Watched it shinging clear;
Asking, Shall we follow
In this starlit way?
Answering, Yes, 'twill lead us
To the perfect day. Chorus

3. In a lowly manger
Lies an Infant weak;
It is He whom wise men
Come so far to seek;
Asking, Where the monarch?
Where Judea's king?
Saying, Gifts and worship
To His throne we bring! Chorus

4. In our hearts we children
See this Star once more;
Not as wise men saw it
In the days of yore;
Asking, May we bring Him
Childhood's love today?
Answering, Come, dear children,
Jesus says we may. Chorus

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #112

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