Stars of the morning (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • CPDL #22408:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-10-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the English Hymnal, 1931. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Stars of the morning
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Tune: Trisagion
Lyricist: John Mason Neale (trans.)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 10. 10 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:

Description: The Trisagion is a hymn to the thrice-holy God

External websites:

Original text and translations

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1. Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright,
   Filled with celestial resplendence and light,
   These that, where night never followeth day,
   Raise the Trisagion ever and ay.

2. These are thy counsellors, these dost thou own,
   Lord God of Sabaoth, nearest thy throne;
   These are thy ministers, these thou dost send,
   Help of the helpless ones, man to defend.

3. These keep the guard amid Salem's dear bowers;
   Thrones, Principalities. Virtues, and Powers;
   Where, with the living ones, mystical Four,
   Cherubim, Seraphim bow and adore.

4. 'Who like the Lord?' thunders Michael the Chief;
   Raphael, 'the Cure of God,' comforteth grief;
   And, as at Nazareth, prophet of peace,
   Gabriel, 'the Light of God,' bringeth release.

5. Then, when the earth was first poised in mid space,
   Then, when the planets first sped on their race,
   Then, when were ended the six days' employ,
   Then all the Sons of God shouted for joy.

6. Still let them succour us; still let them fight,
   Lord of angelic hosts, battling for right;
   Till, where their anthems they ceaselessly pour,
   We with the angels may bow and adore.