The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Best That Heaven Could Bring

For Epiphany

Source: John Brownlie, trans., Hymns from the East Being Centos and Suggestions from the Office Books of the Holy Eastern Church (London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Lmd., 1905) p. 46.
Christmas Hymns from John Brownlie


The best that heaven could bring—
First fruits, an offering free—
Was brought from far, when, by the star,
The wise men came to Thee.


No sceptre, and no throne!
The magi were amazed,
As, with surprise, on humble guise
And poverty, they gazed.


But there Thy God-head shone,
Despite the manger bed;
O Christ, the Lord, Incarnate Word!
Twas there Thou laid’st Thy head.

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