The star that now is shining (Oliver Arthur King)

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  • (Posted 2021-05-17)  CPDL #64436:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-05-17).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 193 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The star that now is shining
Composer: Oliver Arthur King
Lyricists: Adelaide Anne Procter and Frederick William Faber
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with Baritone solo.
Genre: SacredAnthem for Christmas

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1892 The Musical Times no.598
Description: Dedicated to Mrs E. H. Vagg

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Original text and translations

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The star that now is shining
In skies so blue and bright,
Shone ages since on shepherds
Who watched their flocks by night.
When lo! a white-winged angel
The watchers stood before,
And told how Christ was born on earth,
For mortals to adore.

And suddenly in the Heavens
Appeared an angel band
(The while in reverent wonder
The Syrian shepherds stand.)
And all the bright host chanted
Words that will never cease.
Glory to God in the Highest,
On earth goodwill and peace.

Hark! hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling
O’er earth’s green fields and ocean’s wave-beat shore:
How sweet the truth those blessed strains are telling
Of that new life when sin shall be no more.
Angels of Jesus, Angels of light,
Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night.

Beside a humble manger
Was the maiden mother mild,
And in her arm her Son divine,
A new-born Infant, smiled.
The star that shone in Bethlehem
Shines still and shall not cease,
And still we hear the tidings
Of Glory and Peace.

Angels, sing on, your faithful watches keeping,
Sing us sweet fragments of the songs above,
Till morning’s joy shall end the night of weeping,
And life’s long shadows break in cloudless love.
Angels of Jesus, Angels of light,
Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night.