The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lo, The Pilgrim Magi

For Epiphany

Version 2

Words: Linquunt tecta Magi Principis urbis, Charles Coffin (1676-1749), Paris Breviary, 1736, with notes
Trans. John David Chambers (1805-1893), Lauda Syon, Lo, The Pilgrim Magi, 1857

Music: Goshen (Fides), by "Miss Davis, c. 1848"
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Meter: 65 65 D

Source: George C. Martin, ed., The Book Of Common Praise (Oxford: University Press, 1909), #98, p. 117

1. Lo! the pilgrim magi
    Leave their royal halls,
And with eager footsteps
    Speed to Bethlehem's walls;
As they onward journey,
    Faith, which firmly rests,
Built on hope unswerving,
    Triumphs in their breasts.

2. O what joy and gladness
    Filled each heart, from far
When, to guide their footsteps,
    Shone that radiant star;
O'er that home so holy,
    Pouring down its ray,
Where the cradled infant
    With his mother lay.

3. Costly pomp and splendor
    Earthly kings array;
He, a mightier Monarch,
    Hath a nobler sway;
Straw may be his pallet,
    Mean his garb may be,
Yet with power transcendent
    He all hearts can free.

4. At his crib they worship,
    Kneeling on the floor,
And their God there present,
    In that Babe adore;
To our God and Saviour
    We, as Gentiles true,
Give our heart o'er flowing,
    Give our tribute due.

5. Bringing of our substance,
    Gold unto our King;
Pure and chastened bodies
    To our Christ we bring;
Unto him, like incense,
    Vow and prayer address;
So with meetest offerings,
    Him our God confess.

6. Glory to the Father,
    Fount of Life alone;
Who unto the Gentiles,
    Made his glory known.
Equal praise and glory,
    Blessèd Son, to thee,
And to thee, Blest Spirit,
    Evermore shall be. Amen.


Additional fifth verse from Hopkins (verse 6, Version 2):

5. Holiest Love presenting
    As gold, to our King;
To the Man pure bodies;
    Myrrh-like, chastely bring,
Unto Him, as Incense,
    Vow and prayer address;
So with offerings meetest,
    This our God confess!

Sheet Music: "Fides" by Miss Davis from George C. Martin, ed., The Book Of Common Praise (Oxford: University Press, 1909), #98, p. 117

Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. Containing nearly 250 Tunes for Long, Common, Short, and Peculiar Metres; together with several Gregorian Hymns and Antiphons; the Eight Gregorian Tones; the music of the Reproaches; the Seven Last Words; and Litany Tunes; &c. Second Edition. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), #132, p. 142. Also known as "The Tune Book as Used at St. Albans, Holborn."

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