163. When Christ's Appearing Was Made Known

1 When Christ’s appearing was made known,
King Herod trembled for his throne;
but he who offers heavenly birth
sought not the kingdom of this earth.

2 The eastern sages saw from far
and followed on his guiding star;
by light their way to Light they trod,
and by their gifts confessed their God.

3 Within the Jordan’s sacred flood
the heavenly Lamb in meekness stood,
that he, to whom no sin was known,
might cleanse his people from their own.

4 And O what a miracle divine,
when water reddened into wine!
He spake the word, and forth it flowed
in streams that nature ne’er bestowed.

5 All glory, Jesus, be to thee
for this thy glad Epiphany:
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost forevermore.

Text Information
First Line: When Christ's appearing was made known
Title: When Christ's Appearing Was Made Known
Author: Caelius Sedulius (5th cent.?)
Translator (st. 2-5): John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: LM
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-23; John 2:1-11; John 8:12
Topic: Baptism of Jesus; Epiphany (feast)
Source: Trans. st. 1 The Hymn Book, 1971
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Michael Fleming (1928-)
Meter: LM
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Antiphoner, Rouen, 1728
Copyright: Harm. © Hope Publishing Co.
Notes: Alt setting 12

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