Star in the East (William Walker)

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Edition notes: transcribed from Southern Harmony (1854)
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General Information

Title: Hail the Blest Morn (Star in the East)
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: Reginald Heber

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: The Southern Harmony

Description: Music of "Star In The East," an English tune from 1820, from Silas H. Durand, and P. G. Lester, eds., Hymn and Tune Book For Use In Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches (Greenfield, Indiana: D. H. Goble, Fifth Edition, 1886), #59, p. 24.

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Original text and translations

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Hail the blest morn! when the great Mediator
Down from the mansions of glory descends;
Shepherds, go worship the babe in the manger,
Lo! for his guard the bright angels attend.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning.
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
Star in the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining;
Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall:
Angels adore him, in slumbers reclining;
Wise men and shepherds before him do fall. Chorus

Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom, and offerings divine,
Gems from the mountains, and pearls from the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? Chorus

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor. Chorus