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Brightest and Best of the sons of the morning

Composer

R. Mather

SATB and Descant Organ (Piano)

Reginald Heber,

Text

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of 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,
maker and Monarch and Saviour of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
odours 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 favour secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

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Brightest and best of the sons of the morning - Mather

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning- Mather

Created 09-Oct-13

This tune was orginally written for "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
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