Why Should The Cruel Herod Fear?
For the Epiphany
Translation: Robert Corbet Singleton
Original 1858 title was Why, Cruel Herod, Dost Thou Fear
Source: Robert Corbet Singleton and Edwin George Monk, ed., The Anglican hymn book. Second Edition. (Novello, Ewer, 1871), No. 73.
1. Why should the cruel Herod fear
That Christ, the King, is coming near?
He takes no realms of earth away,
Who gives the realms of heavenly day.
2. The Magi track the leading star,
Which thehy had witnessed from afar;
To Light by light they onward press,
And by their gift their God confess.
3. In waters of the crystal flood,
Lo! dips the Holy Lamb of God:
The sins, which ne'er in Him were traced,
From us, by washing, He effaced.
4. A wondrous Power is brought to sight:
Lo! water reddens 'neath the light!
And, at the word of Force Divine,
Its nature changes into wine.
5 All glory be to Jesu's Name,
A bright Epiphany Who came;
To Father, Spirit, high we raise,
From age to age, unceasing praise.
Sheet Music from Robert Corbet Singleton and Edwin George Monk, ed., The Anglican hymn book. Second Edition. (Novello, Ewer, 1871), No. 73.
Note: Made for and 1st published in Singleton and Monk's Anglican Hymn Book, 1868, No. 58. In the 2nd ed., 1871, No. 73, it was altered to, "Why should the cruel Herod fear?" The only scanned copy of the 1868 edition skipped the pages that contained No. 58 & 59.
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