When Christís appearing was made known,
King Herod trembled for his throne;
But he who offers heavenly birth
Seeks not the kingdoms of the earth.
The eastern sages saw from far
And followed on his guiding star;
By light their way to light they trod,
And by their gifts confessed their God.
Within the Jordanís sacred flood
The heavenly Lamb in meekness stood
That he, of whom no sin was known,
Might cleanse his people from their own.
And oh, what miracle divine,
When water reddened into wine!
He spoke the word, and forth it flowed
In streams that nature never bestowed.
For this his glad epiphany
All glory unto Jesus be,
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost forevermore.
Hymn # 81 from Lutheran Worship
Composer: adapt. Michael Praetorius
Tune: Puer Nobis
1st Published in: 1852