Every year a smattering of new Christmas Songs are released.
It’s hard work, I can’t really think of a contemporary Christmas themed congregational song that’s really implanted itself in widespread use.
Getty Music have released Brightest And Best, featuring Kristyn Getty and Ricky Scraggs evoking a sort of Alison Krauss and Union Station sort of vibe (which is welcome) using older lyrics written by Reginald Heber.
As a hymn the words of the chorus, Brightest and best…, are the first and last verse, so using them as a chorus does work. It also seems in some way to take the emphasis off the star mentioned in the chorus and more on praise of Jesus.
The tune works well, too.

The lyrics
Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion
Fragrance of Edom and off’rings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?
Brightest and best of sons of the morning
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid
Star in the East, the horizon adorning
Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid
Vainly we offer each ample oblation
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor
Cold on His cradle the dewdrops were shining
Low lies His bed with the beasts of the stall
Angels adore Him, in slumbers reclining
Wise men and shepherds before Him do fall
Wise men and shepherds before Him do fall
Repeat chorus.
Repeat final line.

Traditional – Written by Reginald Heber
Arranged by Keith Getty, Ben Shive and Fionán de Barra
ARR © 2021 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Fionán de Barra (BMI) / Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP) / Junkbox Music (ASCAP) / adm at MusicServices.org

3 thoughts on “Brightest And Best – Christmas (Sunday) Songs Day 5

  1. Bec Stewart says:

    I recorded that one back in the day 😉 https://youtu.be/MZNjlK7_gqc

    1. Gary Ware says:

      Nice job. My first inspection didn’t turn up that tune or arrangement of the verses. Nice hearing your voice.

  2. Bec Stewart says:

    Thanks 🙂

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