1 Stars of glory, shine more brightly,
Purer be the moonlight’s beam;
Glide ye hours and moments lightly,
Swiftly down time’s deepening stream.
Bring the hour that banished sadness,
Brought redemption down to earth,
When the shepherds heard with gladness
Tidings of a Savior’s birth.
2 See a beauteous angel soaring
In the bright celestial blaze;
On the shepherds low adoring
Rest his mild, effulgent rays.
"Fear not"—cries the heavenly stranger—
Him whom ancient seers foretold,
Weeping in a lonely manger,
Shepherds, haste ye to behold.
3 See the shepherds quickly rising,
Hastening to the humble stall,
And the newborn Infant prizing,
As the mighty Lord of all;
Lowly now they bend before Him
In His helpless infant state;
Firmly, faithful they adore Him
And His greatness celebrate,
4 Hark the swell of heav’nly voices
Peal along the vaulted sky;
Angels sing, while earth rejoices—
"Glory to our God on high;
Glory in the highest heaven,
Peace to humble men on earth;
Joy to these and bliss is given,
In the great Redeemer’s birth."
Husenbeth, F. C., D.D. His family originally belonged to the Grand Duchy of Hesse. His father lived at Mannheim until the outbreak of the French Revolution, when he removed to Bristol, and established himself in business as a wine merchant. He married Miss James, a Cornish lady. F. C. Husenbeth was born at Bristol, May 30, 1796, and was educated at Sedgley Park School and Oscott College. Ordained in Feb., 1820. He became Priest of the Cossey Roman Catholic Mission, and retained his position for 52 years. He died Oct. 31, 1872. He published several works, including Missal for the Laity, 1840; an edition of the Roman Breviary, Norwich, 1830; and Vespers Book for the Use of the Laity, Lond. 1841. Notes and Queries, Ser. iv., vol. x., pp. 365,… Go to person page >