1 Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord, to you we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
Branch of royal David’s stem,
in your birth at Bethlehem;
“You are Christ,” by us confessed,
God in flesh made manifest.
2 Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
and at Cana, wedding guest,
in your Godhead manifest,
you revealed your pow'r divine,
changing water into wine; [Refrain]
3 Manifest in making whole
palsied limbs and fainting soul;
manifest in valiant fight,
quelling all the devil’s might;
manifest in gracious will,
ever bringing good from ill; [Refrain]
Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #332
|First Line:||Songs of thankfulness and praise|
|Title:||Songs of Thankfulness and Praise|
|Author:||Christopher Wordsworth (1862)|
st. 1 = Matt. 2:1-12
st. 2 = John 2:1-11, John 3:13-17
st. 3 = Matt. 4:1-11, 23-24
ref. = Mark 8:29, John 1:14
Christopher Wordsworth (b. Lambeth, London, England, 1807; d. Harewood, Yorkshire, England, 1885), nephew of the great Romantic poet William Wordsworth, wrote this hymn in five stanzas. It was published in his Holy Year (1862) John 3:13-17 with the heading "Sixth Sunday after Epiphany." Wordsworth described the text as follows
[It is a] recapitulation of the successive manifestations of Christ, which have already been presented in the services of the former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and anticipation of that future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will be manifest to all, when he will appear again to judge the world.
The didactic text teaches the meaning of Epiphany–the manifestation of Christ in his birth (st. 1), baptism, miracle at Cana (st. 2), healing of the sick, power over evil, and coming as judge (st. 3). Originally the refrain line was "Anthems be to thee addressed, God in man made manifest." The revised refrain borrows Peter's confession, "You are the Christ!" (Mark 8:29), and makes that our corporate confession as we acknowledge the 'Word become flesh" who lived among us.
Wordsworth was a prolific author and the most renowned Greek scholar of his day. Included in his works are Memoirs of William Wordsworth (1851), Commentary on the Mole Bible (1856-1870), Church History (1881-1883), innumerable sermons and pamphlets, and The Holy Year (1862), which contained 117 of his original hymns as well as 82 others written for all the Sundays and Christian holy days according to the Book of Common Prayer. Wordsworth was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, where he distinguished himself as a brilliant student. He later taught at Trinity College and was headmaster of Harrow School (1836-1844). Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1835, he was canon of Westminster in 1844, a country priest in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire (1850-1869), and then Bishop of Lincoln (1869-1885).
Throughout the Epiphany season.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Songs of thankfulness and praise. Bishop C. Wordsworth, of Lincoln. [Epiphany.] First published in his Holy Year, 1862, No. 23, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, with the heading:—
"Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.—Recapitulation of the Subjects presented in the Services of former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and Anticipation of the future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will appear again, to judge the World."
In Bishop Wordsworth's revised and enlarged edition of the Holy Year, 1863, stanzas v., 1. 2, was changed from "Mirror'd in Thy holy word," to "Present in Thy holy word;" and the heading expanded to the following:—
"Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.—A Recapitulation of the successive Epiphanies or Manifestations of Christ, which have been already presented in the Services of the former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and which are preparatory to that future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will be manifested to all, when He will appear again to judge the World. See Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for this week."
This hymn is one of the most popular of Bishop Wordsworth's hymns, and is in extensive use in most English-speaking countries.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)