The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

How Vain The Cruel Herod's Fear

Words: "Hostis Herodis Impie" from "Paean Alphabeticus de Cristo," Sedulius
Translation by J. M. Neale and Compilers, Hymns Ancient & Modern

Music: Ely, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
St. Botolph, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
And Others
Meter: LM

1. How vain the cruel Herod's fear,
When told that Christ the King is near!
He takes not earthly realms away,
Who gives the realms that ne'er decay.

2. The eastern sages saw from far
And followed on his guiding star;
By light their way to Light they trod,
And by their gifts confessed their God.

3. Within the Jordan's sacred flood
The heavenly Lamb in meekness stood,
That he, to whom no sin was known,
Might cleanse his people from their own.

4. Oh, what a miracle divine,
When water reddened into wine!
He spake the word, and forth it flowed
In streams that nature ne'er bestowed.

5. All glory, Jesus, be to thee
For this thy glad epiphany:
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost for evermore.

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How Vain The Cruel Herod's Fear - Ely

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