632. What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright

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, heavenly Light,
To Christ, revealed in earthly night,
To God the Holy Ghost we raise
An endless song of thankful praise!


Text Information
First Line: What star is this, with beams so bright
Title: What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright
Original Language: Latin
Translator: John Chandler (1837, alt.)
Author: Charles Coffin (1736)
Meter: L.M.
Publication Date: 1972
Topic: Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Other Observances: Christian Education
Tune Information
Name: PUER NOBIS (Praetorius)
Adapter: Michael Praetorius (1609)
Harmonizer: George R. Woodward (1902)
Meter: L.M.
Key: D Major
Source: Trier ms., 15th century
Copyright: Music altered from The Cowley Carol Book, No. 21; used by permission of A. R. Mowbray & Co. Limited.

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