Your Sunday Hymn: Brightest and Best

My favorite epiphany hymn as sung by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. Arranged by Shawn Kirchner at the 2014 Winter Gala. Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor; Clara Kim, violin; Teddy Gabrielides, double bass; Aram Arakelyan, piano.

Bonus rendition by the Minnesota Boychoir:

Lyrics:

Brightest and Best

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid.
Star of the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

Shall we not yield him, in costly devotion,
Fragrance of Edom and offerings divine,
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;
Richer by far is the hearts adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid.
Star of the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

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