1 Earth has many a noble city; Bethl'hem, thou dost all excel: out of thee the Lord from heaven came to rule his Israel.
2 Fairer than the sun at morning was the star that told his birth, to the world its God announcing seen in fleshly form on earth.
3 Eastern sages at his cradle make oblations rich and rare; see them give in deep devotion, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
4 Sacred gifts of mystic meaning: incense doth their God disclose, gold the King of kings proclaimeth, myrrh his sepulcher foreshows.
5 Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped at thy glad Epiphany, unto thee with God the Father and the Spirit glory be.
Stuttgart "Earth Has Many a Noble City"
The Priory Singers, Belfast, Belfast · Philip Stopford, Organ, and Harry Grindle, Director
Album: Hymns of Love, Hope & Joy
Copyright: ℗ 2006 Priory Records
Composer: Christian Friedrich Witt