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The Star of Bethlehem

“…Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me?”

From “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Stave One.

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Lyrics

High above the weary world, amid the stars of heaven
To men of old a wondrous sign of peace and hope was given
A brighter star was kindled there, to reign among the skies
To mark the way to Bethlehem and everlasting light
And high above the weary world, for eyes to see that will
The star of Bethlehem will shine for those who seek Him still

High above the weary world it shone upon their road
And thus it led the wise men on, to seek a poor abode
And is there now no humble home to which its light may lead?
No quiet need? No tears of grief? No hungering soul to feed?
Look high above the weary world — for eyes to see that will,
The star of Bethlehem will shine for those who seek Him still

High above the weary world his star still shines for me
It bids me seek the Holy Child, adoring on bended knee
It beckons me through ages past, by countless years undimmed
It bids me serve His children now, thus to worship him
And high above the weary world, for eyes to see that will
The star of Bethlehem will shine for those who seek Him still.

2 Comments

  1. Angi

    First of all you are AMAZING!! Second of all I am a brand new choir director and I can’t begin to tell you how much your site and beautiful music has helped me. Our choir will be singing Star of Bethlehem and I would love to share with them any thoughts, feelings, or opinions you have about the song. Especially anything to do with Marley’s ghost. You are ADORABLE!! Thanks in advance 🙂

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    • Sally DeFord

      First of all, you are too nice! Marley’s ghost… let’s see…

      Well, Marley was dead, to begin with…This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. 😉 Every Christmas Eve our family reads Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” aloud together. (We’re exciting like that.) We take turns, and hand the book off when we find we can’t read effectively through the tears. Poor Marley’s ghost. In one memorable passage, he mourns the life he led, separate and unconcerned with his fellow men:

      “Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

      He continues:

      “At this time of the rolling year,” the spectre said, “I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!”

      I don’t remember exactly when that phrase started singing to me. We’ve read it so many times, and, well, we pretty much have it memorized beginning to end. But at some point the lines, “And is there now no humble home to which its light may lead?” became the basis for the rest of the lyric.

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