The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Star Of Bethlehem

Words and Music: English Traditional

Compare: Star of Bethlehem (Lo! The Eastern magi rise)

Source: Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 111.

1. Lo! the Eastern Sages rise,
At a signal from the skies,
Brighter than the brightest gem;
    'Tis the Star of Bethlehem.

2. Balaam's mystic words appear
Full of light divinely clear;
And the import wrapp'd in them,
    'Tis the Star of Bethlehem.

3. Joyful let us quickly rise;
Still the signal's in the skies,
David's rod of Jesse's stem,
    'Tis the Star of Bethlehem.

Sheet Music

Note from Dr. Dunstan: This Carol was formerly very popular in the Parishes of St. Agnes, Mithian, and Perranzabuloe and is still sung there.

Variants of the tune exist, with interpolations. The version given here is from the most reliable MS. collections of 1840-1850.

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