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159. Brightest and Best

1 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid:
gem of the East, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2 Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining,
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.

3 Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion
odours of Edom and offerings divine,
gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favour secure;
richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

5 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
gem of the East, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Text Information
First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
Title: Brightest and Best
Author: Reginald Heber (1783-1826) (alt.)
Meter: 11 10 11 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1998
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Epiphany (feast); Christmas
Tune Information
Name: STELLA ORIENTIS
Composer: Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Meter: 11 10 11 10
Copyright: © 1994 Waterloo Music Co. Ltd.



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