Earth Has Many a Noble City
Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348-413,
translated by Edward Caswall, 1849, altered, 1861
|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
|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:
|5. Jesus, whom the Gentiles worshipped|
At thy glad Epiphany,
Unto thee, with God the Father
And the Spirit, glory be.