158. Earth Has Many a Noble City

1 Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel:
out of thee the Lord from heaven
came to rule his Israel.

2 Fairer than the sun at morning
was the star that told his birth,
to the world its God announcing
seen in fleshly form on earth.

3 Eastern sages at his cradle
make oblations rich and rare;
see them give, in deep devotion,
gold and frankincense and myrrh.

4 Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
incense doth their God disclose,
gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
myrrh his sepulcher foreshows.

5 Jesus, whom the Gentiles worshipped
at thy glad epiphany,
unto thee, with God the Father
and the Spirit, glory be.

Text Information
First Line: Earth has many a noble city
Title: Earth Has Many a Noble City
Original Language: Latin
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-413?)
Translator: Edward Caswall (1814-1878)
Meter: 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1998
Topic: Epiphany (season); Christmas
Tune Information
Adapter: Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876)
Meter: 87 87
Key: G Major
Source: Psalmodia Sacra, Gotha, 1715

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