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Hymn: When marshalled on the nightly plain (FL)

Hymnal: The Christian Psalmist

Date: 1850

Compiler: Silas W Leonard and A D Fillmore

Publisher/Printer: S W Leonard

First Line: When marshalled on the nightly plain

Topic: <no topic given>

Writer: <no first name given> <no last name given>


Meter: LM


Hymn Number: 222

Page Number: 227, click to see hymnal pages


WHEN marshalled on the nightly plain,
The glittering host bestud the sky,
One star alone, of all that train,
Attracts the eastern sage's eye.
A voice from every star there breaks
Throughout eve's radiant diadem,
But one alone, the Saviour speaks,
It is the Star of Bethlehem!

Once as these sages nightly gazed,
On fields of light divinely fair,
The wonderous power of God they praised,
Who fixed those orbs of glory there:
The spangled heavens shone all around,
Each star appeared a sparkling gem,

When bursting from the blue profound
Arose the Star of Bethlehem!

These holy men arose that night,
As guided by that star divine,
That, pouring floods of glorious light
Did all the host of heaven out-shine:
Thus guided by its light on high,
O'er mountain huge and rugged glen,
Still gliding through the azure sky,
It leads them safe to Bethlehem.

And when they saw the infant mild,
For sinners born to bleed and die,
They worshipped there the holy child,
While tears came trickling from their eyes:
They open now their treasures great,
Incense and myrrh, and gold, and gem
And poured them at Emmanuel's feet,
The lowly babe of Bethlehem.