A setting of the 15th-century hymn Puer Nobis (but a very creative rhythmic treatment!). SAB and organ. Text by Charles Coffin
What star is this, with beams so bright, More beauteous than the noonday light?
It shines to herald forth the King, And Gentiles to his crib to bring.
Thus spake the prophet from afar Who told the rise of Jacob's star;
And eastern sages with amaze Upon the wondrous token gaze.
The guiding star above is bright, Within them shines a clearer light,
And leads them on with power benign To seek the Giver of the sign.
To God the Father, heav'nly Light, To Christ, revealed in earthly night,
To God the Holy Ghost we raise Our equal and unceasing praise.