103. What Star Is This

1 What star is this, with beams so bright,
More lovely than the noonday light?
’Tis sent to announce a newborn king,
Glad tidings of our God to bring.

2 ’Tis now fulfilled what God decreed,
“From Jacob shall a star proceed;”
And lo! the eastern sages stand
To read in heav'n the Lord’s command.

3 O Jesus, while the star of grace
Impels us on to seek thy face,
Let not our slothful hearts refuse
The guidance of thy light to use.

4 To God the Father, heav'nly Light,
To Christ, revealed in earthly night,
To God the Holy Spirit raise
An endless song of thankful praise!

Text Information
First Line: What star is this, with beams so bright
Title: What Star Is This
Latin Title: Quem stella sole pulchrior
Author: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749
Translator: John Chandler, 1806-1876 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2019
Topic: Seasonal Music: Epiphany
Tune Information
Adapter: Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Source: Trier MS, 15th cent.

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