The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Star of Bethlehem

Words: English Traditional

Compare: Star Of Bethlehem (Lo! the eastern sages rise)

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 77 77

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), p. 20.

Lo! The Eastern magi rise
At the signal in the skies,
Brighter than the brightest gem,
Is the star of Bethlehem.

Balaam's mystic words appear,
Full of light divinely clear,
At the import wrapped in them,
Is the star of Bethlehem.

Rocks and deserts can't impede,
On they press, no guide they need,
Day and night a guide to them,
Is the star of Bethlehem.

Now the holy wisemen meet,
At the Royal infants's feet,
Offerings rich are made by them

To the star of Bethlehem.

Cruel Herod much alarmed,
Off he goes with malice arm'd,
To destroy with all his men,
The glorious star of Bethlehem.

Thousands of poor babes he killed,
Till at length obliged to yield,
God who knows the hearts of men,
Preserv'd the star of Bethlehem.

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