Christum venire quid times? that Christ the Savior cometh here?
Non eripit mortalia, He takes no earthly realms away
qui regna dat caelestia. Who gives the crown that lasts for aye
Ibant Magi, quam viderant, To greet His birth the Wise Men went,
stellam sequentes praeviam: led by the star before them sent;
Lumen requirunt lumine: called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
Deum fatentur munere. and by their gifts their God confessed.
Lavacra puri gurgitis In holy Jordan’s purest wave
caelestis Agnus attigit: the heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
peccata, quae non detulit, That He, to whom was sin unknown,
nos abluendo sustulit. might cleanse His people from their own.
Novum genus potentiae: New miracle of power divine!
aquae rubescunt hydriae, The water reddens into wine:
vinumque iussa fundere, He spake the word: and poured the wave
mutavit unda originem. in other streams than nature gave.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria, All glory, Lord, to Thee we pay
qui apparuisti gentibus, for Thine Epiphany today;
cum Patre, et almo Spiritu, all glory as is ever meet,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen. to Father and to Paraclete. Amen.