206. Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning

1 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness, 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 dewdrops are shining;
Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch, and Lord over all.

3 Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
Odors 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.

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

Text Information
First Line: Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
Title: Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning
Author: Reginald Heber (1811; Alt. 1961, mod.)
Meter: 11.10.11.10.
Scripture: Matthew 2:9-11
Topic: Christ: Praise of; Offerings
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MORNING STAR
Composer: James P. Harding (1892)
Meter: 11.10.11.10.
Key: G Major



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