A First Series of Hymns and Songs/Catholic Hymns/Star of Jacob

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26. Star of Jacob.

Star of Jacob, ever beaming
With a radiance all divine,
Mid the stars of highest heaven
Glows no purer ray than thine!

All in stoles of snowy whiteness,
Unto thee the angels sing;
Unto thee the virgin choirs,—
Mother of th' eternal King!

Joyful in thy path they scatter
Roses white and lilies fair;
Yet with thy celestial beauty
Rose nor lily may compare.

Oh, that this low earth of ours,
Answ'ring to th' angelic strain,
With thy praises might re-echo,
Till the heavens replied again.