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Why, Impious Herod Vainly Fear
A Mymn for Vespers on Epiphany by Caelius Sedulius (5th century, died 454)
WHY impious Herod, vainly fear
that Christ the Savior cometh near?
He takes no earthly realms away
Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.

To greet His birth the Wise Men went,
led by the star before them sent;
called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
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 own.

New miracle of power divine!
The water reddens into wine:
He spake the word: and poured the wave
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.

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