Brightest and best of the stars of the morning (James Proctor Harding)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-01-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with harmony and underlaid words in the version published in The Hymnal 1982.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-01-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
Composer: James Proctor Harding
Tune: Morning Star
Lyricist: Reginald Heber
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 10. 11 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
Description: A textual variant of Brightest and best of the sons of the morning

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Original text and translations

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Brightest and best of the stars 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.

Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining,
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

Shall we then yield him, in costly devotion,
odors of Edom, and offerings divine,
gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?

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.

Brightest and best of the stars 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.