127. 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 worshiped
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
Author: Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348-401?
Meter: 87. 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Epiphany
Source: Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861, alt. (tr.)
Tune Information
Adapter: William Henry Havergal
Harmonizer: K. D. Smith, 1928-
Meter: 87. 87
Key: F Major
Copyright: Harmonization by permission of K. D. Smith.

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