As I was thinking of what to post this month that could add to this wonderful collection of uplifting thoughts, I stumbled across the words to a song called Star in the East.  I know of this song because the tune associated with it was the original tune to a song in the LDS Hymnal “Praise to the Man,” which sounded more like a funeral dirge with this original tune.  So, without further ado, here’s Tim Eriksen performing it (music starts at 0:33), and the lyrics following:

Hail the blest morn, when the great Mediator
Down from the regions of glory descends
Shepherds, go worship the babe in the manger
Lo, for His guard, the bright angels attend

[Chorus]
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star in the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Wise men and shepherds before Him doth fall.
[Alternate: Maker and Monarch and Savior of all!]

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or 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.

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