Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Epiphany, Vespers

detail of 'Epiphany', by Fernando Gallego, c.1480, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OhioThat God Himself as King should come,
Why, cruel Herod, fearest thou?
He takes no earthly realms away,
Who doth with Heavenly ones endow.

The Magi saw the star revealed,
And followed as it went before;
The true Light by its light they seek,
And as true God by gifts adore.

The pure and Heavenly Lamb of God,
Into the limpid waters went,
And washed and cleansed us from our sins,
All pure Himself, and innocent.

The water-jars blush rosy red,
New prodigy of Power Divine!
The water its own nature changed,
When bidden to pour forth as wine.

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