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Bethlehem of noblest cities None can




Bethlehem, of noblest cities
None can once with thee compare;
Thou alone the Lord from heaven
Didst for us incarnate bear.


Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told his birth,
To the world its God announcing
Seen in fleshly form on earth.


Eastern sages at his cradle
Make oblations rich are rare;
See them give, in deep devotion,
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.


Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
Incense doth their God disclose,
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
Myrrh his sepulchre foreshows.


Holy Jesus, in thy brightness
To the Gentile world displayed,
With the Father and the Spirit
Endless praise to thee be paid.


---Alternative verses---


Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told his birth,
To the lands their God announcing
Hid beneath a form of earth.


By its lambent beauty guided,
See the eastern kings appear;
See them bend, their gifts to offer,
Gifts of incense, gold and myrrh.


Solemn things of mystic meaning!
Incense doth the God disclose,
Gold the royal child proclaimeth,
Myrrh a future tomb foreshows.


Holy Jesu, in thy brightness
To the Gentile world displayed,
With the Father and the Spirit
Endless praise to thee be paid.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 7 8 7
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs: Mic 5:1; Mt 2:6; Mt 2:10-11;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1994# 79
      1983# 122
      1925# 77
      1869# 64
      1925# 58
      1931# 84
      1906# 40
      MUSIC
      Name: STUTTGART
      Meter: 8 7 8 7
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1715
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