The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Thou Who By A Star Didst Guide

For The Epiphany, or Twelfth-night.

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: "Crediton," Thomas Clark (1775-1859)
"St. Leonard," Henry Hiles (1826-1904)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, ed., Hymns for Children. Intended Chiefly for Village Schools. First Series (1860), Tenth Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1867), # 23, p. 24.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

S. Matthew ii. 9, 10; v. 8.

1. O Thou, Who by a star didst guide
    The wise men on their way,
Until it came and stood beside
    The place where Jesus lay:

2. Although by stars Thou dost not lead
    Thy servants now below;
Thy Holy Spirit, when they need,
    Will shew them how to go.

3. As yet we know Thee but in part,
    But still we trust Thy word,
That blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see the Lord.

4. O Saviour, give us then Thy grace
    To make us pure in heart;
That we may see Thee face to face,
    Hereafter, as Thou art.

5. To God the Father, God the Son,
    And God the Holy Ghost,
By men on earth be honour done,
    And by the Heavenly Host.

Sheet Music "St. Leonard," Henry Hiles, 1867, from The Parish School Hymnal. Philadelphia: Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1926, #49

"St. Leonard" by Henry Hiles

Sheet Music "London New" (Scotch Psalter) from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), #54.

"London New" (Scotch Psalter)


Matthew 2:9-10.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. (KJV)

Matthew 5:8. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (KJV)

Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 349-350.

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