159 - Brightest and Best

Tune: Stella Orientis

I've always wished that we could celebrate Epiphany several times during the year, just so we could sing this hymn -- it's one of my favorites.  The text is engaging, and Healey Willan's music suits it perfectly.  I particularly enjoy the harmonic progression in the last line, where there's not a root position chord to be found until the very last note -- what an imaginative way to create a sense of forward motion.