When a Star Shone in the East

 It was in a stable by an inn

 where all the animals were gathered in

 sharing mules and asses hay,

 they had no other place to lay

 when a star shone in the east.

 

 Mary had a child, a baby boy,

 the animals, they shared her joy.

 Wrapped by Joseph, then placed with care

 on straw in manger, to sleep peacefully there

 when a star shone in the east.

 

 Some shepherds poor, out on the hill,

 guarding their sheep on night dark and still

 were visited by a host from above

 that told them of that Child's great love,

 when a star shone in the east.

 

 Three wise men on camels riding,

 bearing gifts, a life describing,

 Gold and frankincense and myrrh

 following that brilliant shining star

 when a star shone in the east.

 

 To that stable by the inn

 shepherds and kings they gathered in

 and knelt before Him on the hay

 to greet their new King, born that day

 when a star shone in the east.

 

` Roger Stapenhill