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Item No: frk00320
Hail the Blest Morn (Star in the East)
Note: Based on inscription on document
Physical Description: Leaf
Dimensions: 32.5 cm x 17.5 cm
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Media Type: Manuscripts
Scripts/Text: Roman print; Roman script
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Roman script, with the heading in Roman print, extends across the entire document. It is framed by a decorative, arched border. The text is from a popular English hymn; verses two to four were written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826). The author of verse one is unknown.
STAR \ IN THE EAST.
Hail the blest morn when the great Mediator, \ Down from the mansions of glory descends: \ Shepherds go worship the Babe in the manger \ Lo! for his guard, the bright angels assends.
Kindest and best of the sons of the morning, \ Down in our darkness and tend us thine aid: \ Star in the East the horizon adorning. \ Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid.
Cold in his cradle the dew drops are shining \ Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall \ Angels adore him in slumber reclining, \ Maker and Monarch and Savior and all \ Kindness and best of the sons of the mor&c.
Say shall we yield him in costly devotion \ Odours of Eden or offerings divine \ Gems from the mountains and pearls from the ocean \ Myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine \ Kindest and best of the sons of the morning &c.
Vainly we offer each angels oblation \ All these can never his favour secure \ Richer by far is the hearts adoration \ dearest to God are the prayers of the poor \ Kindest and best of the sons of the morn&c. \ James Leameasurer \ Philadelphia December 13th 1822
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