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I Saw a Star up High

This Advent / Christmas hymn was written by Joan McCrimmon, most likely in the 1970s / 80s.  It is included in the Celebration Hymnal for Everyone, which is still in print.

It was included in a re-mastered CD "Carols for Christmas", which is also still available.

The tune was composed in 1971 by the British-Kenyan folk singer Roger Whittaker (b 1936) and originally pared with the text "The Last Farewell" (ref) - certain lines in the song appear to be inspired by this.

The tune has a 12/8 time signature, and in the key of Eb the first few notes of the melody are  BB B BB BB BBCB BEE_.