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235. Brightest and Best of the Stars

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

2 What shall we give him, in costly devotion?
Shall we bring incense and offerings divine,
gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?

3 Vainly we offer each lavish 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 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and come to our 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
Title: Brightest and Best of the Stars
Author: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826
Publication Date: 2003
Meter: 11.10.11.10.
Scripture: Revelation 22:16; Isaiah 9:2; Revelation 2:28; Psalm 51:16-17; Luke 18:9-14; Job 38:7; Matthew 2:1-12; 1 Samuel 15:22; Malachi 4:2
Topic: Epiphany
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: MORNING STAR
Composer: James P. Harding, 1850-1911
Meter: 11.10.11.10.
Key: G Major
Source: The Church Hymnal (adapt), 1894
Copyright: Public Domain



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