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A beautiful star there rose one night

Representative Text

1 A beautiful star arose one night,
Divinely it shone with purest light;
Its wonderful rays the wise men led
To find the Saviour's lowly bed.

'Tis shining still, 'tis shining still,
That beautiful star, o'er plain and hill;
'Tis shining still, 'tis shining still,
Salvation's star of God's good will.

2 They knew by the word of truth divine,
'Twas time that the star should shine;
They follow'd its light which shone afar,
'Twas Christ, "the bright and Morning Star." [Chorus]

3 We'll follow its light, like those of old,
The "Light of the World," by seers foretold;
We'll follow his light till we shall come
To perfect rest in heav'n, our home. [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #242

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A beautiful star there rose one night
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: 'Tis shining still, 'tis shining still



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Christ in Song #d1

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Christ in Song #242

Happy Songs for Boys and Girls #d1

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Joyful Greeting #151

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The Gospel Song Sheaf #190

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