There burns a star o'er Bethlehem town

There burns a star o'er Bethlehem town

Author: Eugene Field
Published in 1 hymnal

Author: Eugene Field

Field, Eugene, an American journalist who has written somewhat extensively for children, was born at St. Louis, Missouri, Sep. 2, 1850, educated at the University of Missouri, and died Nov. 4, 1895. His published works include Little Book of Western Verse, 1889; Second Book of Verse, 1891; and Love Songs of Childhood, 1894. A limited number of his hymns are in common use in America, and specimens of his verse are given in Horder's Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1900, pp. 283-287. See also "There burns a star o'er Bethlehem town." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: There burns a star o'er Bethlehem town
Author: Eugene Field

Notes

There burns a star o'er Bethlehem town. E. Field. [Christmas.] The history of this hymn is set forth in the following letter from Dr. Stryker to the Rev. Dr. Benson of Philadelphia in answer to an enquiry respecting it:—
The hymn was given me in 1889 in autograph by Eugene Field, whom in Chicago I knew well. He wrote it a little before Christmas. Probably it appeared in the Chicago News, in the 'Sharps and Flats' column. I know that he expanded it into the verse you name. As it is in my book it is unmodified by a word from the copy given to me. I seized it at once for a hymn. Clinton, N.Y,, Oct. 1905."
This original text is No. 73, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, in Dr. Stryker's College Hymnal, N.Y., 1897. The expanded text is, "As I was going to Bethlem-town." [Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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