Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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John Mason Neale
1818–1866
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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).

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Thomas Turton
1780–1864

Lyrics

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 heavenly 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.