Why cruel Herod dost thou fear
That God thy King is drawing near?
Shall He desire thine earthly throne,
Who gives His Saints a Heavenly crown?
The Magi came upon their way,
Led by that star’s mysterious ray;
Light seeking, on by light they trod,
And with their treasures, owned their God.
‘Mid Jordan’s waves the Saviour stood,
And sinless sanctified the flood;
So water by His glorious grace,
From sin should wash our sinful race.
Then water by His power divine,
At Cana’s marriage changed to wine,
Showed how in sacramental wise,
Wine should be blood to faithful eyes.
Oh Jesu ! be Thou ever blest,
Who thus Thyself did’st manifest;
And to the Triune God be given,
Eternal praise in earth and Heaven.
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