The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Ye, The Truly Wise.

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

Words: Quic˙mque Christum quŠritis. Vespers Breviary Hymn from the Cathemerinon by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Translation: Robert Campbell, of Sherrington

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 204-205.

O ye, the truly wise.
Who in the Lord delight,
Unto the hills lift up your eyes,
And see that glorious sight.

O form surpassing far
All loveliness of earth,
More ancient than the morning-star,
In thy mysterious birth.

Thou only art our head,
'Tis thou whom we adore,
To faithful Abraham promised
A king for evermore.

Beholding we rejoice,
We hail the promised day,
And hearkening to the Father's voice,
The only Son obey.

To lowly hearts revealed,
Our Saviour we adore.
Like tribute to the Father yield,
And Spirit evermore.

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