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.
|First Line:||Earth has many a noble city|
|Title:||Earth Has Many a Noble City|
|Author:||Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-413?)|
|Translator:||Edward Caswall (1814-1878)|
|Topic:||Epiphany (season); Christmas|
|Adapter:||Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Source:||Psalmodia Sacra, Gotha, 1715|