Words: Translated by John Brownlie, probably from ancient Greek. Original author unknown. Appeared in Brownlie’s Hymns from the East (Paisley, Scotland: Alexander Gardner, 1907) page 46.
The best that Heav’n could bring—
First fruits, an offering free—
Was brought from far, when by the star,
The wise men came to Thee.
No scepter, and no throne!
The magi were amazed,
As, with surprise, on humble guise
And poverty, they gazed.
But there Thy God-head shone,
Despite the manger bed;
O Christ, the Lord, Incarnate Word!
’Twas there Thou laid’st Thy head.