The Princely City Passing By
For The Weeks After Epiphany
Words: Linquunt tecta Magi Principis urbis, by C. Coffin
Translation: J. C. Earle, 1883.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 50-52.
The princely city passing by, The Magi turn to greet The goal of all their toilsome march In Bethlehem's lowly street ; And while, from many tuneful lips, Spontaneous anthems rise, Triumphant faith takes wings of hope, And wafts them to the skies. Transporting joy, when once again The star that they had lost, With heavenly light and promise bright, Their eager pathway crossed ; Nor stayed its radiant course until It took its golden rest, Above the place where Jesus lay Upon his Mother's breast. No glint is here of ivory, No blaze of burnished gold, No purple robes the infant limbs In gorgeous hues enfold : His palace is a stable rude, His throne a manger wild, And raiment rough in web and woof, The purple of that Child. Let pomp and splendour other kings Luxuriously adorn ; For better proves he thus his reign Supreme the Babe new-born : In peasant-garb and culture mean, He sways the realms of thought ; And 'neath the sceptre of his will The hearts of men are brought. Beside the cradle where he sleeps, They worship on their knees ; And in the Child the eye of faith The present Godhead sees ; Let us, their offspring in the faith, Adore the Infant here; And offer him our best of gifts, Hearts filled with sacred fear. Let chaste and ardent love supply The gold of Eastern kings, And bodies penance-chastened yield The myrrh devotion brings : Our vows and prayers, like frankincense And myrrh, shall sweetly rise To hail the Babe recumbent here As ruler of the skies. To God the Father, fount of light, Be glory evermore ; To God the Son, whose light and grace Extend from shore to shore, Be equal glory given here And in the realms above, In never-ending songs of praise Commensurate with love.
Note from Shipley:
56. Linquunt tecta Magi principis orbis. Lauds Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by C. Coffin. The princely city passing by. J. C. Earle, 1883. 50
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