Laud, Ye Faithful!
For The Epiphany
Words: Gaudete vos fideles, Spanish, 1568, Translated by E. H. Mitchell, 1884
Source: Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), #19, pages 60-61.
1. Laud, ye
faithful! Kings bow down,
Ethiopia brings her crown,
Far Arabia offers gold,
Tharsis myrrh, proclaimed of old,
Saba gifts of incense sweet –
Come, ye faithful! Him to greet.
2. Who is He? Our
tributes show –
Gold for rule, and myrrh for woe,
Incense for the Altar meet,
Offerings bitter, rich and sweet,
Mark Him Christ on Whom we call,
King, Priest, Victim, all in all.
3. Offer we in
deed and thought
What the Kings in figure brought –
Gold, our hearts in furnace tried;
Myrrh, our passions mortified;
Incense, sacramental grace,
Cleansing, brightening, hearts and face.
4. Thus may we
before Him shine –
Giving, taking, things Divine;
Growing up before His Face
In the likeness of His Grace.
Till He calls us to His choir
There to sing with souls of fire.
“Tinterne,” Arthur H. Brown
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