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: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #325
|First Line:||Bethlehem of noblest cities|
|Latin Title:||O sola magnarum urbium|
|Author:||Aurelius Clemens Prudentius|
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Cyber Hymnal #9631||Bethlehem, Of Noblest Cities||Bethlehem, of noblest cities||STUTTGART||Aurelius Prudentius, 348-413; Edward Caswall||87.87||<cite>Lyra Catholica</cite>, 1849|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #122||Bethlehem of noblest cities||Bethlehem of noblest cities||STUTTGART||Prudentius||1983|
|The New English Hymnal #48||Bethlehem of noblest cities||Bethlehem of noblest cities||STUTTGART||Prudentius, 348-510; Edward Caswall, 1814-78||1986||The Christian Year | Epiphany|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #325||Bethlehem, a noble city||Bethlehem, a noble city||STUTTGART||Prudentius (348-c. 413); Edward Caswall (1814-1878)||87 87||Matthew 2:1-12||2005||Life in Christ | Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany; Christian Year | Season of Epiphany|
|Singing the Faith #225||Bethlehem, of noblest cities||Bethlehem, of noblest cities||STUTTGART||Aurelius Clemens Prudentious, 348-c. 413; Edward Caswall, 1814-1878||87 87||Isaiah 60:1-6; Luke 2:32; Matthew 2:1-12; Micah 5:2||2011||The Revealed Christ: Epiphany, Presentation and Baptism ||