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Epiphany

92. From the eastern mountains

6.5, twelve lines

Valour:

Arthur H. Mann, 1889

Refrain

Godfrey Thring (1873-)

From the eastern mountains,

Pressing on they come,

Wise men in their wisdom

To his humble home;

Stirred by deep devotion,

Hasting from afar,

Ever journeying onward,

Guided by a star.

Light of Light that shineth

Ere the worlds began,

Draw thou near, and lighten

Every heart of man.

There their Lord and Savior

Meek and lowly lay,

Wondrous Light that led them

Onward on their way,

Ever now to lighten

Nations from afar,

As they journey homeward

By that guiding star.

Thou who in a manger

Once hast lowly lain,

Who dost now in glory

O'er all kingdoms reign,

Gather in the heathen,

Who in lands afar

Ne'er have seen the brightness

Of thy guiding star.

Gather in the outcasts,

All who've gone astray,

Throw thy radiance o'er them,

Guide them on their way,

Those who never knew thee,

Those who've wandered far,

Lead them by the brightness

Of thy guiding star.

Onward through the darkness

Of the lonely night,

Shining still before them

With thy kindly light,

Guide them, Jew and Gentile,

Homeward from afar,

Young and old together,

By thy guiding star.

Until every nation,

Whether bond or free,

'Neath thy starlit banner,

Jesus, follows thee

O'er the distant mountains

To that heavenly home,

Where no sin nor sorrow

Evermore shall come.

Amen.

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