Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright.
Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright. Greek, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866).
This hymn, with its arresting opening, was first printed in Neale’s Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862), where it is entitled ‘Stars of the Morning. A Cento from the Canon of the “Bodiless Ones.” Tuesday in the Week of the Fourth Tone’ and attributed to St Joseph of the Studium. This is thought to be an error for St Joseph the Hymnographer*, who is named as the author in JJ (p. 1088) and in EH, and who continues to be credited with this hymn. Maurice Frost* (Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1962, p. 299), gives St John Damascene* or St Theodore Studite* as the author.
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