Number: 68
Title: What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright
Composer: Trans. John Chandler, 1837; alt.Trier ms., 15th century Adapt. Michael Praetorius, 1609 Harm. George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1910
Author: Charles Coffin, 1736
Scripture: Numbers 24:17 Matthew 2:1-12
Theme: Epiphany

1.  What star is this, with beams so bright, 
    More lovely than the noonday light?
    'Tis sent to announce a newborn King,
    Glad tidings of our God to bring.

2.  'Tis now fulfilled what God decreed, 
    "From Jacob shall a star proceed";
    And lo! the Eastern sages stand 
    To read in heaven the Lord's command.

3.  O Jesus, while the star of grace 
    Impels us on to seek Your face,
    Let not our slothful hearts refuse
    The guidance of Your light to use.

4.  To God the Father, God the Son,
    And Holy Spirit, Three in one,
    May every tongue and nation raise 
    An endless song of thankful praise.