When Christ's Appearing Was Made Known
When Christ's appearing was made known
King Herod tembled for his throne;
but He who offers heavenly birth
sought not the kingdoms of this Earth
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
Oh, what a miracle divine,
when water reddened into wine!
He spoke the word, and forth it flowed
in streams that nature ne'er bestowed.
All glory, Jesus, be to Thee
for this Thy glad epiphany:
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost forevermore.
Labels: 5th c., Caelius Sedulius, epiphany, Neale