Let Other Cities Strive, Which Most
For The Weeks After Epiphany
Translation: (Probably) John Dryden. Primer, 1706.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 56-57.
Let other cities strive, which most Can of their strength or heroes boast ; Bethlem alone is chose to be The seat of heaven-born majesty. Here, while our God incarnate lay, The officious stars their homage pay ; A sun-like meteor quits its sphere To show the Sun of justice here. Hither the faithful sages ran To own their king, both God and Man ; And with their incense, myrrh and gold The mysteries of their vows unfold. To God the censer's smoke ascends ; The gold the sovereign king attends ; In myrrh the bitter type we see Of suffering and mortality. Glory to thee, O Christ, whose rays Illustrated the Gentiles* ways ; Whilst equal praises still repeat The Father, and the Paraclete.
Note from Shipley:
63. O sola magnarum urbium. Lauds Hymn from, the Breviary, by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, Fourth Century. Let other cities strive, which most. Primer, 1706. (Probably) John Dryden. 56
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