Why, Cruel Herod, Dost Thou Fear
For The Weeks After Epiphany
Translation: Rev. Professor Thomas J. Potter, All Hallows College, Dublin, 1857-1858.
Compare: Why, Cruel Herod, Dost Thou Fear. Very Rev. Provost F. C. Husenbeth, 1840-1841
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 54-55.
Why, cruel Herod, dost thou fear Lest Christ should seize thy crown so dear ? He needeth not thy earthly throne Who heavenly kingdoms makes our own. The sages hastening from afar, With joy pursue their guiding star ; By its bright beams they seek the light, And humbly own the God of might. Behold, the spotless Lamb hath stood In Jordan's purifying flood ; And he, who sin's foul stains ne'er knew, Our sins hath washed with healing dew. A new and wondrous sign we see ; From her fixed laws doth nature flee ; And water, by command divine, Is quickly changed to ruddy wine. To Christ, who did the Gentiles call, Be endless glory paid by all ; To God the Father we repeat The same, and to the Paraclete.
Note from Shipley:
60. Crudelis Herodes, Deum. Revised from Hostis Herodes impie. Vespers Breviary Hymn, by Sedulius. Why, cruel Herod, dost thou fear, Professor Potter. 54
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