Whence Appears This Brilliant Star

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1 Whence appears this brilliant star
In the eastern skies afar?
Never hath a ray so bright
Pierced the gloomy shades of night.

2 See! the glory of its beams
With celestial radiance streams
Towards Judea’s holy land,
Guiding there a faithful band.

3 There, a lowly infant made,
There, in Bethlehem’s manger laid,
Christ, the Prince of Life, they find—
Christ, the Savior of mankind.

4 Ye who slight Emmanuel’s grace,
Who in Him no beauty trace,
Here His love for sinners see,
In His deep humility.

5 Rise and shine, bright morning star!
Spread thy heavenly light afar,
Till each heart illumined be,
With the radiance shed by thee.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10625

Author: H. A. César Malan, 1787-1864

Malan, Henri Abraham César. The family of Malan traces its origin to the valleys of Piedmont. A branch of it settled at Mérindol, in Dauphiné, but was driven from France by the persecutions that followed the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Pierre Malan, after seeing his sister fall a victim to persecution, left Mérindol (1714), and arrived at Geneva (1722). Henri Abraham César Malan was born at Geneva in 1787. After an education at the College, he went to Marseilles, with the intention of learning business: but, soon after, entered the Academy at Geneva, as a preparation for the ministry, to which he was ordained in 1810. He had been appointed one of the masters at the College in the previous year. The National Church of Geneva was… Go to person page >

Translator: Jane E. Arnold

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First Line: Whence appears this brilliant star
Title: Whence Appears This Brilliant Star
Author: H. A. César Malan, 1787-1864
Translator: Jane E. Arnold
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Source: Tr.: Lyra Evangelica (London: John F. Shaw, 1866)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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