124. What star is this, with beams so bright

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 crib to bring.

2. True spake the prophet from afar
who told the rise of Jacob's star;
and eastern sages with amaze
upon the wondrous token gaze.

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

4. O Jesus, while the star of grace
impels us on to seek thy face,
let not our slothful hearts refuse
the guidance of thy light to use.

5. To God the Father, heavenly Light,
to Christ, revealed in earthly night,
to God the Holy Ghost we raise
our equal and unceasing praise.

Text Information
First Line: What star is this, with beams so bright
Author: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749
Translator: John Chandler, 1807-1876
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: LM
Source: Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861, (tr.)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: PUER NOBIS
Adapter: Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Source: Trier MS, 15th cent. (melody); Cowley Carol Book, 1902 (harm.)



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