8392. Why, Herod, Why The Godhead Fear?

1 Why, Herod, why the Godhead fear,
When told Judea’s king was near?
Not earthly crowns away to bear
He came, but heav’nly to confer.

2 Led by the star, which ruled their sight,
To seek and find the Lord of Light,
The Magi spread their gifts abroad,
And prostrate own the present God.

3 The present God the heav’ns proclaim,
When to the laver pure He came,
The spotless Lamb; and on Him bore
Our sins, who knew not sin before.

4 The God the blushing waters own
By mighty sign, unheard, unknown;
When the pure spring, poured forth in wine,
Confessed the present power divine.

5 Now unto Him, th’incarnate Son,
Whose glory to the world was shown,
With God the Father glory be,
And, holy Comforter, with Thee!

Text Information
First Line: Why, Herod, why the Godhead fear
Title: Why, Herod, Why The Godhead Fear?
Latin Title: Crudelis Herodes, Deum
Author: Caelius Sedulius, 5th Century
Translator: Richard Mant
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Tr.: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: DUKE STREET attributed to John Hatton, EMMANUEL by Carl C. N. Balle
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Stanley, 1767-1822
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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