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From where the eastern day spring shines,
Blest Author of an endless age,
The overshadowing power of God,
She to her breast most pure did hold
With straw a manger rudely spread,
her Lord to be His bed; And He each living thing who feeds, Made earthly food meet earthly needs.
Yet choirs of Heaven high anthems sung,
Jesu! the Virgin-born, to Thee,
THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH.
Wymns for Epiphany.
Why cruel Herod dost thou fear
The Magi came upon their way,
'Mid Jordan's waves the Saviour stood,
Then water by His power divine,
* Our own Church recognizes this three-fold manifestation, as commemorated at Epiphany.
Oh Jesu! be Thou ever blest,
Chief 'mongst the cities of the plain,
Bethlem! to whom 'twas given, To witness to the Virgin birth,
of Christ the Lord from Heaven;
O'er thee blazed forth that wondrous star,
Than noon-day sun more bright, Telling to watchful lands afar,
How God was man that night.
Led on by this, the Magi see;
Their eastern gifts behold, Offered to Him on bended knee,
Frankincense, myrrh, and gold:
Sabæan gums and glistening ore,
The God and King disclose;
And the dark tomb foreshows.*
Jesu, to Thee all glory be,
Who thus wert manifest,
One with the Spirit blest.
* Says St. Hilary: “The oblation of their gifts expressed an understanding of His entire nature; by gold confessing the King, by frankincense the God, by myrrh the Man. And thus through the means of their worship, was there in each of these the indication of a great sacrament. In Man of death; in God of Resurrection; in the King of Judgment.Quoted in Williams on the Nativity p. 137.
IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES TRUST.