Hail the blest morn, see the great Mediator

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This is an hymn by an anonymous author, apparently first appearing around 1820. But it is most famous as the first stanza of the tune Star in the East in William Walker's Southern Harmony in 1835. In Southern Harmony and following, the chorus is the first stanza of Brightest and best of the sons of the morning by Reginald Heber, 1811; following stanzas follow Heber's.

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Text and translations

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Brick Church Hymns, 1823

Hail the blest morn! when the great Mediator
Down from the regions of glory descends!
Shepherds, go worship the babe in the manger,
Lo! for your guide, the bright angel descends.

 

Evangelical Hymns (Lexington, Kentucky), 1829

Hail, thou blest morn, when the great Mediator
Did from the regions of glory descend;
Shepherds, go visit the babe in the manger,
Lo! for his guard the bright angels attend.

 

Southern Harmony, 1835

Hail the blest morn, see the great Mediator,
Down from the regions of glory descend!
Shepherds, go worship the babe in the manger,
Lo, for his guard the bright angels attend.

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