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Richard Shephard What Star Is This?

Categories
Anthems, ,
Instrument(s)
Handbells, Keyboard [organ/piano]
Voicing
3-part (equal voices)
Original Publication
The Absolutely One-Rehearsal Anthem Book for About 10 Panicked Singers
Difficulty
Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

An easy and effective piece for Epiphany (or Lessons and Carols) - especially if your choir is still reeling from Christmas! Based on the Tallis Canon for 3 equal voices. Nice organ part and an optional easy handbell part (only 6 bells!) as well. Richard used this same setting for his festival anthem "Lord, Speak To Me," but unlike that setting, this one uses no brass. All the parts are in the organ.  Text by John Chandler.

What star is this, with beams so bright,
More lovely than the noonday light?

’Tis sent to announce a newborn King,

Glad tidings of our God to bring.


’Tis now fulfilled what God decreed,

“From Jacob shall a star proceed”;

And lo! the Eastern sages stand

To read in heaven the Lord’s command.

While outward signs the star displays,

An inward light the Lord conveys,

And urges them, with force benign,

To seek the Giver of the sign.


O, while the star of heavenly grace

Invites us, Lord, to seek Thy face,

May we no more that grace repel,

Or quench that light which shines so well!

To God the Father, God the Son,

And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
May every tongue and nation raise
An endless song of thankful praise!

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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