|WHY impious Herod,
that Christ the Savior cometh near?
He takes no earthly realms away
Who gives the crown that lasts for
To greet His birth the Wise Men went,
led by the star before them sent;
called on by light, towards Light
and by their gifts their God confessed.
In holy Jordan's purest wave
the heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
That He, to whom was sin unknown,
might cleanse His people from their
New miracle of power divine!
The water reddens into wine:
He spake the word: and poured the
in other streams than nature gave.
All glory, Lord, to Thee we pray
for Thine Epiphany today;
all glory as is ever meet,
to Father and to Paraclete. Amen.