A Star, a Star Is Burning

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1. A star, a star is burning,
The brightest in the sky—
Is shining over a stable;
Oh, tell me, shepherds, why?
Within I see a mother,
A baby on her knee:
Is this a royal palace?
Can this a monarch be?

We bow before the Infant,
To Him our homage bring;
Our God in flesh appeareth,
Of man and angels King.

2. And lo! a sudden glory!
The angel hosts appear,
Ten thousand times ten thousand,
Their monarch to revere.
Oh, blind the eyes of mortals
To such a glorious sight!
Oh, sleepers, wake and witness
The wonders of this night! Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6328

Author: S. Baring-Gould

Baring-Gould, Sabine, M.A., eldest son of Mr. Edward Baring-Gould, of Lew Trenchard, Devon, b. at Exeter, Jan. 28, 1834, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, B.A. 1857, M.A. 1860. Taking Holy Orders in 1864, he held the curacy of Horbury, near Wakefield, until 1867, when he was preferred to the incumbency of Dalton, Yorks. In 1871 he became rector of East Mersea, Essex, and in 1881 rector of Lew Trenchard, Devon. His works are numerous, the most important of which are, Lives of the Saints, 15 vols., 1872-77; Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, 2 series, 1866-68; The Origin and Development of Religious Belief, 2 vols., 1869-1870; and various volumes of sermons. His hymns, original and translated, appeared in the Church Times; Hymns Ancien… Go to person page >

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First Line: A star, a star is burning
Title: A Star, a Star Is Burning
Author: S. Baring-Gould
Language: English
Refrain First Line: We bow before the infant
Copyright: Public Domain



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