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Aug 30 1827
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire


The Star of Bethlehem 1

The Star of Bethlehem
When marshall'd on the nightly plain,
The glittering host bestud the sky,
One star alone of all the train,
Can fix the sinners wandering eye.
Hark! Hark! to God the chorus breaks,
From every host, from every gem,
But one alone the Saviour speaks,
It is the star of Bethlehem.
Once on the raging seas I rode
The storm was loud, the night was dark
The ocean yawned and rudely blow'd
The wind that tossed my foundering bark
Deep horror then my vitals froze,
Death struck, I ceased the tide to stem,
When suddenly a star arose,
It was the star of Bethlehem.
It was my guide, my light, my all,
It bade my dark forebodings cease;
And through the storm and dangers thrall,
It led me to the port of peace.
Now safely moor'd, my perils o'er,
I'll sing first in night's diadem,
Forever and forever more
The Star, the Star of Bethlehem.

"Is aught so fair
In all the dewy landscape of the Spring,
In the bright eye of Hesper, or the morn
In nature of fairest forms, is aught so fair,
As virtuous friendships."

1 Margarette copied this poem from the original, "When Marshalled on the Nightly Plain," (1812) by Henry Kirke White (1785-1806). It became a hymn sung to the music of "Crimea" and adapted by Thoro Harris, circa 1905. It first appeared as a hymn in Baltimore, Maryland Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1849. "Glittering host bestud the sky." December 16, 2003.

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