1 Star of beauty, star of splendor,
Herald of the glorious morn,
When our Savior and defender
In the manger low was born!
Crowned with light, and robed with glory
Came the little Prince divine;
While the angels chant the story,
Hail to Him of royal line!
Star of beauty, star of splendor!
Blessèd light of hope below!
Herald of the world’s defender!
Guiding star of long ago!
2 Star of beauty, brightly beaming,
Lead our wayward steps aright!
Let thy rays of glory streaming
Guide us thro’ the darkest night!
Banish doubt and banish sadness,
Rise in every heart and shine!
Star of hope and star of gladness,
Fill our souls with light divine! [Refrain]
3 Star of beauty, shine forever!
Beam upon us from above;
Blessèd star, forsake me never!
Pierce the gloom with ray of love.
End the reign of sin and sorrow,
Bid the clouds of darkness flee!
Usher in the golden morrow
Of a glad eternity. [Refrain]
Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evangelist Billy Sunday. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >