The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Whoso You Be That Christ Do Seek

For the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Solemnity of the Epiphany

Quic˙mque Christum quŠritis from Cathemerinon by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

From the Primer, 1604

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), Appendix pp. 14, 16.

Whoso you be that Christ do seek,
Your eyes aloft lift up and see,
Where well you may the sign perceive
Of glory that must lasting be.

A sight we see of clearness great,
The which no limits may include ;
High, lofty and without all end,
More old than heaven and chaos rude.

Lo, this of Gentiles is the king,
And of the Jews the king indeed,
First promised to Abraham
And erer after to his seed.

By words and signs him prophets show.
His Father doth him witness bear,
And in him bids us to believe,
And to his words incline our ear.

All glory be to thee, O Lord,
Which didst appear as on this day,
With the Father and Holy Ghost,
To last for ever and for aye.

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