170. What star is this

1 What star is this, with beams so bright,
more lovely than the noonday light?
’Tis sent to announce a newborn King,
glad tidings of our God to bring.

2 ’Tis now fulfilled what God decreed,
“From Jacob shall a star proceed,”
and lo! the Eastern sages stand
to read in heaven the Lord’s command.

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

4 To God the Father, God the Son,
and Holy Spirit, Three-in-One,
may every tongue and nation raise
an endless song of thankful praise.

Text Information
First Line: What star is this, with beams so bright
Title: What star is this
Paraphraser: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749
Alterer (translation): John Chandler, 1806-1876
Meter: 8 8 8 8 LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Scripture: ;
Topic: Canticles and Scripture Paraphrases; Church Year: Epiphany; Hymns with Doxologies (1 more...)
Source: Latin; Tr.: Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861,alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Adapter: Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Harmonizer: G. R. Woodward, 1848-1935
Meter: 8 8 8 8 LM
Key: D Major
Source: 15th-century carol melody; Pie Cantiones 1582
Copyright: Harmony © A. R. Mowbray and Co., Ltd. (an imprint of Cassell plc) from The Cowley Carol Book

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