Scripture Verse

The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. Matthew 2:9


C. Louise Bell

Words: C. Lou­ise Bell, 1897. Ap­peared in Song-Land Mes­sen­ger No. 2, ed­it­ed by An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter (Dal­las, Tex­as & Dal­ton, Geor­gia: Sho­wal­ter-Lin­coln & A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1898), num­ber 76, alt.

Music: J. How­ard En­twisle (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ent­wisle (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Bell,

The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré


Over the town of Bethlehem
Glittered a wondrous star,
Shining in night’s fair diadem,
Beckoning souls afar;
Magi beheld the marv’lous sight,
Followed the star’s clear beam,
Seeking the Babe who came that night
That He might a world redeem.


Hail! Hail! Hail! Hail!
Hail, little town of Bethlehem,
Crowned with a glory naught can dim,
Birthplace of Christ our king;
Hail! Hail! Hail! Hail!
Hail, little town of Bethlehem,
Giving to earth its fairest gem,
Around thee sweet memories cling.

Over the town of Bethlehem
Hovered the angels fair;
Shepherds in wonder gazed on them,
Dazzled by splendor rare;
Heralds of Christ, the infant King,
Chanting, The Lord is born,
Tidings triumphant did they bring,
A message to hearts forlorn.


Over the town of Bethlehem
Echoed the heavenly song,
Sparkled a star like a blazing gem,
Hovered an angel throng;
Ages have passed, and yet we hear
Message of joy and love;
Glitters the star with a radiance clear,
It guideth our souls above.