Bethlehem, Not The Least Of Cities
"In Excelsis” (Century
Co., 1897), #214 , pp. 162-3.
Text only; no music. See below.
See notes under Earth Has Many A Noble City
Bethl'hem, not the least of cities,
None can e'er with thee compare ;
Thou alone the Lord from heaven
Didst for us incarnate bear.
than the sun at morning
Shone the star that told His birth,
To the lands their God announcing,
Veiled beneath a form of earth.
3. By its
lambent beauty guided
Eastern kings their wealth unfold ;
Bending low their gifts they offer,
Gifts of incense, myrrh, and gold.
Offerings of mystic meaning :
Incense doth the God disclose ;
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth ;
Myrrh the future tomb foreshows.
Jesus, in Thy brightness
To the gentile world displayed
With the Father, and the Spirit,
Endless praise to Thee be paid.
Sheet Music "Morning" by J. B. Dykes from William Cooke, et al, eds., The Hymnary (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1872), #166, p. 140.
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