8393. First of Cities, Bethlehem

1 First of cities, Bethlehem,
Hail, most favored! When He came,
Savior of the human race,
Thee the Godhead deigned to grace.

2 Brighter than the sun’s bright car,
And more glorious was the star,
Which in Thee new-born from high
Told the incarnate Deity.

3 Him what time the Magians saw,
Forth their orient gifts they draw;
Prostrate they with vows unfold
Myrrh, and frankincense, and gold.

4 Frankincense and gold they bring,
To announce their God and king;
Spice of aromatic myrrh,
To announce His sepulcher.

5 Jesus, let Thy name be blest,
To the Gentiles manifest;
To the Father glory be,
With the Spirit, and with Thee!

Text Information
First Line: First of cities, Bethlehem
Title: First of Cities, Bethlehem
Latin Title: O sola magnarum urbium
Author: Aurelius Prudentius, 5th Century (cento)
Translator: Richard Mant
Meter: 77.77
Language: English
Source: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: HORTON by Xaver S. von Wartensee, GOTT SEI DANK by Johann A. Freylinghausen
Tune Information
Harmonizer: William H. Monk (1861)
Meter: 77.77
Key: D Major
Source: The Parish Choir, 1850

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