117. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning

1. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2. Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining,
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

3. Shall we then yield him, in costly devotion
odors of Edom, and offerings divine,
gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

4. Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favor secure;
richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

5. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Text Information
First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
Author: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826 (alt.)
Meter: 11 10. 11 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Name: MORNING STAR
Composer: James Proctor Harding, 1850-1911
Meter: 11 10. 11 10
Key: A♭ Major



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