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Led by the Star

When the King was born on that Christmas morn

Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson
Tune: [When the King was born, on that Christmas morn]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. When the King was born, on that Christmas morn,
In the humble Bethl’hem town,
Over lands afar shone the Christmas Star,
Flinging rays of glory down.
There were wise men three, over hill and lea,
Who beheld the promised sign;
But with joy they knew its meaning true
Told the Christ Child’s joy divine.

Led by the Star,
The wise men came from their homes afar,
Seeking the Child,
Whom men and angels sing.

2. So they went their way, on that Christmas day,
Seeking out the newborn King,
Bearing gifts so rare for the Christ Child fair,
As the off’ring they would bring.
And they came at last, with their journey past,
And they knelt around His bed,
And the Christmas Star they’d followed far
Laid a crown on every head. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3631

Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson

Edith Sanford Tillotson was born and lived her entire life in Corona, New York. She wrote hymns for children as well as poems and librettos. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the King was born on that Christmas morn
Title: Led by the Star
Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson
Refrain First Line: Led by the star the wise men came
Publication Date: 1913
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #3631
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The Cyber Hymnal #3631

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