|Text:||First of Cities, Bethlehem|
|Author:||Aurelius Prudentius, 5th Century|
|Harmonizer:||William H. Monk|
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!
|First Line:||First of cities, Bethlehem|
|Title:||First of Cities, Bethlehem|
|Latin Title:||O sola magnarum urbium|
|Author:||Aurelius Prudentius, 5th Century (cento)|
|Source:||Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837)|
|Notes:||Alternate tunes: HORTON by Xaver S. von Wartensee, GOTT SEI DANK by Johann A. Freylinghausen|
|Harmonizer:||William H. Monk (1861)|
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