O star of matchless splendor

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1 O star of matchless splendor,
We hail thy beauteous light;
We hail the glorious tidings
Of that first Christmas night.
No star of all the glorious train,
That decks Heav’n’s azure plain,
Compares with thy celestial ray,
O star of hope most bright.

Refrain:
Beautiful star, wonderful star,
Guiding us onward thro’ earth’s darkest night;
Bright is thy beaming, golden thy gleaming,
Beautiful, beautiful star so bright.

2 O star of matchless splendor,
Tho’ centuries have rolled
Away since thy clear shining
Bathed Bethlehem in gold,
Thy beams are falling pure and clear,
On lands afar and near,
And ev’ry day more wonderful
Thy message doth unfold. [Refrain]

3 O star of matchless splendor,
On ev’ry land shine clear,
Till all shall see thy radiance,
And thy sweet message hear.
Till ev’ry shadow of the night
Is lost in conquering light,
And all the world thy Lord shall know,
O star of love so dear. [Refrain]

Source: His Worthy Praise #173

Author: Ida L. Reed

Ida Lilliard Reed, 1865-1951 Born: November 30, 1865, near Ar­den, Bar­bour Coun­ty, West Vir­gin­ia. Died: Ju­ly 8, 1951, Ar­den, West Vir­gin­ia. Buried: Eb­e­nez­er Meth­odi­st Church, Ar­den, West Vir­gin­ia. Reed is said to have writ­ten 2,000 hymns in her life­time. In 1939, the Amer­i­can So­ci­e­ty of Com­pos­ers, Au­thors and Pub­lish­ers re­cog­nized her "sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to Amer­i­can mu­sic" by award­ing her a small "week­ly bo­nus." © The Cyber Hymnal™ (www.hymntime.com/tch) Go to person page >

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First Line: O star of matchless splendor
Author: Ida L. Reed
Refrain First Line: Beautiful star, wonderful star

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His Worthy Praise #173

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