The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright

For The Epiphany

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What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright - Chandler, 1837

Words: Quć stella sole pulchrior, Charles Coffin (1676-1749), Paris Breviary, 1736
Translation by John Chandler, ca 183
7,
from Turle’s Psalms and Hymns
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Music: "Sydney," J. Hopkins
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Source: Hymns Ancient and Modern. London: William Clowes and Sons, Ltd., 1889, #77, p. 75.

1. What star is this, with beams so bright,
More beauteous than the noonday light?
It shines to herald forth the King,
And Gentiles to His cradle bring.

2. See now fulfill'd what God decreed,
"From Jacob shall a star proceed;"
And Eastern sages with amaze
Upon the wondrous vision gaze.

3. The guiding star above is bright;
Within them shines a clearer light,
Which leads them on with power benign
To seek the Giver of the sign.

4. True love can brook no dull delay;
Nor toil nor dangers stop their way:
Home, kindred, fatherland, and all
They leave a their Creator's call.

5. O Jesu, while the star of grace
Allures us now to seek Thy Face,
Let not our slothful hearts refuse
The guidance of that light to use.

6. All glory, Jesu, be to Thee
For this Thy glad Epiphany,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost for evermore.

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