Link: The Rose Ensemble – Star in the East – Blessings on your Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas!
Here is a beautiful reflection, lovely verse, printed here, and then and set to music below. Stay with the simple first sung verse…by the time they get to “Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor”
it has a beseeching quality that shatters my heart…
Epiphany by Reginald Heber (1783–1826)
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 Savior of all!
Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odors 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 favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.