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Hail, O Star that pointest

Hail, O star that pointest

Translator: Athelstan Riley
Tune: AVE MARIS STELLA (11232)
Published in 9 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Hail, O Star that pointest
t'wards the port of heaven,
thou to whom as maiden
God for Son was given.

2 When the salutation
Gabriel had spoken,
peace was shed upon us,
Eva’s bonds were broken.

3 Bound by Satan’s fetters,
health and vision needing,
God will aid and light us
at thy gently pleading.

4 Jesu’s tender mother,
make the supplication
unto him who chose thee
at his incarnation.

5 That, O matchless maiden,
passing meek and lowly,
thy dear son may make us
blameless, chaste and holy.

6 So, as now we journey,
aid our weak endeavour
till we gaze on Jesus,
and rejoice for ever.

7 Father, Son and Spirit,
Three in One confessing,
give we equal glory,
equal praise and blessing.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #254

Translator: Athelstan Riley

Riley, John Athelstan Laurie, M.A., s. of John Riley, Mytholmroyd, Yorks, was born in London, Aug. 10, 1858, and educated at Eton and at Pembroke College, Oxford (B.A. 1881, M.A. 1883). He has been since 1892 a member of the House of Laymen of the Province of Canterbury. He was one of the compilers of The English Hymnal, 1906, and contributed to it seven translations from the Latin (34, 185, 193, 195, 213, 242, 321, with No. 97 previously published), and one from the Greek, beginning, "What sweet of life endureth," from Iiola rod fiiov, p. 899, i., and the following originals:— 1. Come, let us join the Church above. Martyrs. 2. Saints of God! Lo, Jesu’s people. St. Bartholomew. The initials of the lines form the acrostic S… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hail, O star that pointest
Title: Hail, O Star that pointest
Translator: Athelstan Riley
Source: Latin, c. 9th century
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #2558
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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #254

Hymns Old and New #190


The Cyber Hymnal #2558


The New English Hymnal #180a

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The New English Hymnal #180b

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