Why, Herod, Why The Godhead Fear
Hymn for the Epiphany (2.)
Crudelis Herodes, Deum
Source: Richard Mant, Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: Rivingtons, 1871), pp. 77-78.
Why, Herod, why the Godhead fear,
When told Judea's King was near ?
Not earthly crowns away to bear
He came, but heavenly to confer.
Led by the star, which ruled their sight,
To seek and find the Lord of Light,
The Magi spread their gifts abroad,
And prostrate own the present God.
The present God the heavens proclaim,
When to the laver pure He came,
The spotless Lamb; and on Him bore
Our sins, who knew not sin before.
The God the blushing waters own
By mighty sign, unheard, unknown;
When the pure spring, pour'd forth in
Confest the present power divine.
Now unto Him, the incarnate Son,
Whose glory to the world was shown,
With God the Father glory be,
And, holy Comforter, with Thee !