Eliza Flower (1803 – 1846)
Tinted lithograph of a drawing by Mrs E Bridell Fox, 1898/99 courtesy of Conway Hall Ethical Society
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The words of the song were written by
Felicia Hemans (1793 –1835)
….of “The Boy stood on the burning deck” fame!
O lovely voices of the sky,
That hymned the Saviour’s birth!
Are ye not singing yet on high,
Ye that sang, “Peace on earth”?
To us yet speak the strains
Wherewith, in days gone by,
Ye bless’d the Syrian swains,
O voices of the sky!
O clear and shining light, whose beams,
That hour Heaven’s glory shed
Around the palms, and o’er the streams,
And on the shepherd’s head;
Be near, through life and death,
As in that holiest night
Of hope, and joy, and faith,
O clear and shining light!
O star which led to Him, whose love
Brought hope and mercy free;
Where art thou? – ‘mid the hosts above,
May we still gaze on thee! –
In heaven thou art not set,
Thy rays earth might not dim,
Send them to guide us yet,
O star which led to Him!