Scripture Verse

My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: Cae­li­us Se­du­li­us, cir­ca 450 (Hos­tis Her­od­es im­pie). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale and the com­pil­ers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Ely Tho­mas Tur­ton, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Thomas Turton (1780–1864)


How vain the cru­el Her­od’s fear,
When told that Christ the King is near!
He takes not earth­ly realms away,
Who gives the realms that ne’er de­cay.

The East­ern sag­es saw from far
And fol­lowed on His guid­ing star;
By light their way to Light they trod,
And by their gifts con­fessed their God.

Within the Jor­dan’s sacred flood
The heav’n­ly Lamb in meek­ness stood,
That He to whom no sin was known,
Might cleanse His people from their own.

And oh, what mi­ra­cle di­vine,
When wa­ter reddened into wine!
He spake the word, and forth it flowed
In streams that na­ture ne’er be­stowed.

All glo­ry, Je­su, be to Thee
For this Thy glad Epi­pha­ny:
Whom with the Fa­ther we adore
And Ho­ly Ghost for­ev­ermore.