Bright O'er Bethlehem's Lowly Mangers

Bright o'er Bethlehem's lowly mangers

Author: John Anketell
Tune: MOULTRIE (Cobb 51173)
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

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1 Bright o’er Bethlehem’s lowly mangers,
Beamed a new and lustrous star,
Guiding by its light the strangers
From their Orient land afar;
Where beneath its silver shining
Lay a fair and wondrous child,
God and man in one combining,
Born of virgin undefiled.

2 Then, the midnight silence breaking,
Sages from a distant land
Came, their humble homage making,
Priceless offerings in their hand
To the King of earth and Heaven,
To that fair and holy Child,
Man’s atoning Savior given,
Born of virgin undefiled.

3 Gold they offer, rich in splendor,
Fitting tribute of a king;
Frankincense they humbly render
To their God, whom angels sing;
But of all their gifts undying
Myrrh sheds forth a sweet perfume,
For it tells of Jesus lying
Silent in His rock-bound tomb.

4 Lord, we haste to Bethlehem going
With our gold of fervent love;
Offer myrrh, repentance showing;
Incense bear to God above;
Who, beneath the star’s soft shining,
Cradled lay, a heavenly Child,
God and man in one combining,
Born of virgin undefiled.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9667

Author: John Anketell

Anketell, John, M.A., was born at New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., March 8, 1835, and educated at Yale College, and the University of- Halle-Wittenberg, Prussian Saxony. He was ordained deacon of the American Episcopalian Church in 1859, and priest in 1860. He founded (Stanza John's (American) Episcopal Church in Dresden in 1869. Subsequently he became Professor of Hebrew and Greek Exegesis in the Seabury Divinity School. Mr. Anketell published in 1889 Gospel and Epistle Hymns for the Christian Year, N.Y. He has also translated about 120 hymns from the German, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Danish, Italian, and Syriac, which were published in the Church Review, N.Y., 1876 and later, and in other periodicals. A few of those from the L… Go to person page >

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First Line: Bright o'er Bethlehem's lowly mangers
Title: Bright O'er Bethlehem's Lowly Mangers
Author: John Anketell
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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