156. Brightest and Best

1 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our midnight and lend us your aid.
Star of the East the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2 Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining,
God's holy Child with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore while this baby lies sleeping,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

3 Shall we not offer our costly devotion,
fragrance of Edom and offerings divine,
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?

4 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.

Text Information
First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
Title: Brightest and Best
Author: Reginald Heber (1811, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Meter: 11.10.11.10.
Scripture: Matthew 2:9-11; Luke 2:10-14
Topic: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Epiphany and Youth; Year A: Epiphany (8 more...)
Language: English
Notes: Alternate setting: MORNING STAR
Tune Information
Name: WALKER
Harmonizer: Jonathan McNair
Meter: 11.10.11.10.
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Southern Harmony, 1835
Copyright: Harmonization © 1994 The Pilgrim Press



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