The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Than Mightiest Cities Mightier Far

For Epiphany, at Lauds

Words: O sola magnarum urbium, Cathemerinon ("The Hymns of Prudentius"), Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-405)
Trans. by William John Copeland (1804-1885).

Source: W. J. Copeland, ed., Hymns for the Week and Hymns for the Seasons (London: W. J. Cleaver, 1848), pp. 71-2. Translations from the Hymns of the Breviary. Text only; no music.

See notes under Earth Has Many A Noble City

1. Than mightiest cities mightier far,
Thou Bethlehem, with thy crowning Star,
Whose chosen lap received from Heaven
Th' Incarnate Lord, for sinners given:

2. Star, whose bright glories far outrun
The radiant axle of the sun,
Heaven's herald, sent on earth to tell,
That God made Flesh on earth doth dwell.

3. Soon as the kings their King behold,
Their Eastern gifts they straight unfold,
And prostrate all His Throne before,
With incense, gold, and myrrh adore.

4. Pure incense for their God they bring,
With royal gold salute their King,
With spicy dust of fragrant myrrh
They shadow forth His sepulchre.

5. Jesu, be Thou for ever blest,
Who to the Gentiles manifest,
With Father, Spirit, Three in One,
Art God, while endless ages run.


Available at the Internet Archive, Hymns For The Week. A copy is also available at Google Books, Hymns For The Week (p. 72 is damaged).

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