Earth has many a noble city (Christian Friedrich Witt)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Earth has many a noble city
Composer: Christian Friedrich Witt
Tune: Stuttgart
Lyricist: Prudentius

Translation by Edward Caswall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 48

Description: Original Latin text by Prudentius: O sola magnarum urbium

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Earth has many a noble city;
Bethl’em, thou dost all excel:
out of thee the Lord from heaven
came to rule his Israel.

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.

Eastern sages at his cradle
make oblations rich and rare;
see them give in deep devotion
gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
incense doth their God disclose,
gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
myrrh his sepulchre foreshows.

Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped
at thy glad Epiphany,
unto thee with God the Father
and the Spirit glory be.