1638. From the Eastern Mountains

1. From the eastern mountains,
pressing on, they come,
Wise men in their wisdom,
to His humble home;
Stirred by deep devotion,
hasting from afar,
Ever journeying onward,
guided by a star.

Light of life that shineth
ere the worlds began,
Draw Thou near, and lighten
every heart of man.

2. There their Lord and Savior
meek and lowly lay,
Wondrous Light that led them
onward on their way,
Ever now to lighten
nations from afar,
As they journey homeward
by that guiding star. [Refrain]

3. Thou who in a manger
once hast lowly lain,
Who dost now in glory
o’er all kingdoms reign,
Gather in the heathen
who in lands afar
Ne’er have seen the brightness
of Thy guiding star. [Refrain]

4. Gather in the outcasts,
all who’ve gone astray,
Throw Thy radiance o’er them,
guide them on their way.
Those who never knew Thee,
those who’ve wandered far,
Guide them by the brightness
of Thy guiding star. [Refrain]

5. Onward through the darkness
of the lonely night,
Shining still before them
with Thy kindly light.
Guide them, Jew and Gentile,
homeward from afar,
Young and old together,
by Thy guiding star. [Refrain]

6. Until every nation,
whether bond or free,
’Neath Thy starlit banner,
Jesus, follows Thee.
O’er the distant mountains
to that heavenly home,
Where nor sin nor sorrow
evermore shall come. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: From the eastern mountains
Title: From the Eastern Mountains
Author: Godfrey Thring (1873)
Refrain First Line: Light of life that shineth ere the worlds began
Meter: 65.65 D refrain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: HERMAS, Frances R. Havergal, 1871; KIRKBRADDAN, E. C. Walker, in The Primitive Methodist Hymnal Supplement with Tunes, edited by George Booth (London: Primitive Methodist Publishing House, 1912), number 74; THE NEW YEAR, Arthur H. Mann, 1885; PRINCETHORPE, William Pitts, 1871; STARLIGHT (BEATSON), C. S. Beatson, arranged by G. B. Bramley in Hymns of Consecration and Faith, by James Mountain (London: Marshall Brothers, new & enlarged edition, circa 1902), number 433 Zundel, John Zundel, circa 1865
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Gough Trembath (1893)
Meter: 65.65 D refrain
Incipit: 31567 17427 65315
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Voicing God's Psalms by Calvin Seerveld (Psalm text)
Copyright: Public Domain

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