Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Matthew 2:1
Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?
Words: Reginald Heber (1783–1826). Published posthumously in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year (London: J. Murray, 1827), pages 31–32.
Abashed be all the boast of age!
Be hoary learning dumb!
Expounder of the mystic page,
Behold an infant come!
Oh, Wisdom, whose unfading power
Beside th’Eternal stood,
To frame, in nature’s earliest hour,
The land, the sky the flood;
Yet didst not Thou disdain awhile
An infant form to wear;
To bless Thy mother with a smile,
And lisp Thy faltered prayer.
But, in Thy Father’s own abode,
With Israel’s elders round,
Conversing high with Israel’s God,
Thy chiefest joy was found.
So may our youth adore Thy name!
And Savior, deign to bless
With fostering grace the timid flame
Of early holiness.