Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Epiphany, Lauds

detail of 'Epiphany', by Fernando Gallego, c.1480, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OhioOf all great cities, Bethlehem,
Thou greatest art, whose blessed fate
‘Twas to bring forth salvation’s Prince,
From Heaven come, incorporate.

For that fair star, which e’en the sun
In lustrous beauty far excels,
Announces that the very God
On earth in earthly Body dwells.

The Magi see, and to the Lord
Straightway their Eastern offerings bring,
And prostrate offer incense, myrrh,
And gold, the emblem of a king.

His Godhead and His Royalty,
The incense and the gold reveal,
The dust of myrrh foretells the tomb,
Which shall His mortal form conceal.

Who to the Gentiles wast revealed,
Jesus, may glory be to thee,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Now, and for all Eternity. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England