When marshalled on the nightly plain

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1 When marshalled on the mighty plain,
The glitt’ring hosts bestud the sky;
One star alone of all the train
Can fix the sinner’s wand’ring eye.

That star alone my hope shall be,
That star alone can set the sinner free.

2 Hark! hark! toGod the chorus breaks,
From ev’ry host, from ev’ry gem;
But one alone the Saviour speaks,
It is the star of Bethlehem. [Refrain]

3 It was my guide, my light, my all!
It bade my dark forebodings cease;
And thro’ the storm and danger’s thrall,
It led me to the port in peace. [Refrain]

4 Now safely moored my perils o’er
I’ll sing, first in night’s diadem;
Forever and forevermore
The star, the Star of Bethlehem. [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 2 #133

Author: Henry Kirke White

White, Henry Kirke, a gifted English poet who died early in life, was born in Nottingham, England, March 21, 1785. Very early he manifested a remarkable love for books and a decided talent for composition. But his parents were poor, and he was apprenticed in early boyhood to a stocking weaver, from which uncongenial servitude he escaped as soon as he could and began the study of law; but later he was converted and felt called to the ministry. The story of his conversion from deism to Christianity is briefly but beautifully told in the poem titled "The Star of Bethlehem." He entered St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1805 as a servitor; but died October 19, 1806, in the second year of his college course, when only twenty-one years of age. In… Go to person page >



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