1303. 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. Jesu, 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
Latin Title: O sola magnarum urbium
Author: Aurelius Prudentius, 348-413
Translator (from Latin): Edward Caswall
Meter: 87.87
Language: English
Source: Translation: Lyra Catholica, 1849
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: STUTTGART
Composer: Christian Friedrich Witt, 1600-1716
Adapter: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805-1876
Meter: 87.87
Incipit: 55113 15564 2533
Key: G Major
Source: Psalmodia Sacra, by Christian F. Witt (Gotha, Germany: 1715)
Copyright: Public Domain



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