Eugene Field

Star of the east

Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays.

Star of the East, that long ago
 Brought wise men on their way
Where, angels singing to and fro,
 The Child of Bethlehem lay--
Above that Syrian hill afar
Thou shinest out to-night, O Star!

Star of the East, the night were drear
 But for the tender grace
That with thy glory comes to cheer
 Earth's loneliest, darkest place;
For by that charity we see
Where there is hope for all and me.

Star of the East! show us the way
 In wisdom undefiled
To seek that manger out and lay
 Our gifts before the child--
To bring our hearts and offer them
Unto our King in Bethlehem!