O Star of Christ's Appearing

The author of this Epiphany hymn is unknown. With meter 7.6.7.6.D, it is set to the tune WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN by Johann Steurlein (1575) which is more commonly used for "Sing to the Lord of Harvest".



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O star of Christ's appearing, surprise us still today.
The journey to the stable is not our chosen way.
Entranced by pow'r's ambition, we seek the victor's wreath.
A saviour born in hunger is not the hope we seek.

The Magi, wise to follow, obey the call of grace,
Not to the courts of power or sunlight favoured place.
They journey on by starlight into the deepest gloom.
Where life and courage falter, there holy Christ is born.

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