The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Star of the East

For Christmas

Words: Stern über Bethleh'm,  Alfred Hans Zoller
Translation by George Cooper, 1890

Melody: "Star of the Sea" Amanda Kennedy, 1883
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

1. Star of the East, oh Bethlehem's star,
Guiding us on to heaven afar
Sorrow and grief and lull'd by the light
Thou hope of each mortal, in death's lonely night

Fearless and tranquil, we look up to Thee
Knowing thou beam'st through eternity
Help us to follow where Thou still dost guide
Pilgrims of earth so wise

2. Star of the East, thou hope of the soul
While round us here the dark billows roll
Lead us from sin to glory afar
Thou star of the East, thou sweet Bethlehem's star

3. Star of the East, oh Bethlehem's star,1
What tho' the storms of riot gather loud
Faithful and pure thy rays beam to save
And bright o'er the grave

4. Smile of a Saviour are mirror'd in Thee
Glimpses of Heav'n in thy light we see
Guide us still onward to that blessed shore
After earth toil is o'er

5. Star of the East, thou hope of the soul
Oh star that leads to God above
Whose rays are peace and joy and love
Watch o'er us still till life hath ceased
Beam on, bright star, sweet Bethlehem star


1. Or: Star of the East, Undim’d by each cloud.  Return

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