The Star Proclaims the King is Here (also known as Herod Why Dreadest thou a Foe? or How Vain the Cruel Herod's Fear or When Christ's Appearing Was Made Known or Why Herod Unrelenting Foe or Why Impious Herod, Shouldst Thou Fear)

1. The star proclaims the King is here; But, Herod, why this senseless fear? He takes no realms of earth away Who gives the realms of heav'nly day.

2. The wiser Magi see from far And follow on His guiding star; And led by light, to light they press And by their gifts their God confess.

3. Within the Jordan's crystal flood In meekness stands the Lamb of God And, sinless, sanctifies the wave, Mankind from sin to cleanse and save.

4. At Cana first His pow'r is shown; His might the blushing waters own And, changing as He speaks the word, Flow wine, obedient to their Lord.

5. All glory, Jesus, be to Thee For this Thy glad epiphany; Whom with the Father we adore And Holy Ghost forevermore.

Words: Coelius Sedulius, c. 450. German version by M. Luther, 1543. English translation by John Mason Neale, 1852.
Music: 'Wo Gott Zum Haus' from Klug's Geistliche Lieder, Wittenberg, 1533.
Setting: "Kern des Deutschen Kirchengesangs", 1855, alt.
copyright: public domain. This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2009 Revision.

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