1 Bethlehem, a noble city,
has been blessed beyond compare,
for the gracious God of heaven
once became incarnate there.
2 Fairer than the sun at morning
was the star that told his birth,
to the world its God announcing,
seen in human form on earth.
3 From the east came men of wisdom
bringing treasures prized of old,
tributes to a greater wisdom,
gifts of incense, myrrh, and gold.
4 Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
incense shows that God has come,
gold proclaims him king of nations,
myrrh foretells his saving tomb.
5 Holy Jesus, in your brightness
to the gentile world displayed,
with the Father and the Spirit
endless praise to you be paid.
Source: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #325
|First Line:||Bethlehem of noblest cities|
|Latin Title:||O sola magnarum urbium|
|Author:||Aurelius Clemens Prudentius|