The Signal Star

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1 Far from the east we come;
In these soft heav’ns above
We mark the messenger of God,
The ensign of His love.
No thunder spoke; we heard
No voice from plain or height;
He kindled in these tranquil skies
A gem of silent light.

2 Men of the morning-land
Are we; and to the west
We turn, that we may follow where
Our signal star shall rest.
Children of sunrise, we
A brighter sunrise hail,
Before the splendor of whose rays
This sun of ours grows pale.

3 We come to seek the King;
For we have seen His star
Moving before us in that blue,
And beckoning us afar.
A gleam of glory bright,
An angel sent from God,
It led us out, it led us on,
Along the shining road.

4 Show us the God we seek,
Show us the newborn King,
That, kneeling at His cradle, we
To Him these gifts may bring.
Him King of Heav’n we call,
Him King of earth we own;
And hail the day when He shall wear
Of Heav’n and earth the crown.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9177

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: Far from the east we come
Title: The Signal Star
Author: Horatius Bonar
Meter: 6.6.8.6 D
Source: Hymns of the Nativity, and Other Pieces (London: James Nisbet, 1879)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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