Author: Bp. R. Heber, 1783-1826 Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #128a (1917) Topics: Bethlehem Star of; Magi, the; Star Of Bethlehem; God Adoration of; Giving Our best to Christ; The Son Christmas; Christmas Hymns; Adoration By Saints and Angels; Adoration Of God; Adoration By the Magi; Christ Redeemer; Bethlehem Visit of Magi to; Redeemer, the Lyrics: 1 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.
2 Cold on HIs cradle the dew-drops are shining;
Low lies His bed with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining,
Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour of all.
3 Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odours of Edom, and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?
4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation;
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration;
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor. Tune Title: EPIPHANY
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning