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272. Brightest and Best

1 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid,
Star of the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2 Say, shall we yield him in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom and off'rings divine,
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

3 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.

4 Cold on his cradle the dew-drops 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.

Text Information
First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
Title: Brightest and Best
Author: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826
Meter: 11 10 11 10
Publication Date: 2012
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Epiphany of the Lord; Petition, Prayer; Redemption (1 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: James P. Harding, 1850-1911
Meter: 11 10 11 10
Key: A♭ Major

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