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.
|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)|
|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|
|Harmonizer:||Michael Fleming (1928-)|
|Key:||F Major or modal|
|Source:||Antiphoner, Rouen, 1728|
|Copyright:||Harm. © Hope Publishing Co.|
|Notes:||Alt setting 12|