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Bethlehem, of noblest cities Lyrics and Music

The rousing words and lyrics of the illustrious hymn begin with "Bethlehem, of noblest cities None can once with thee compare" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Bethlehem, of noblest cities " hymn were written by its Roman author Aurelius Clemens Prudentius. The author of the hymn, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, was born on 348AD and died on 413AD. The invigorating music that accompanies the "Bethlehem, of noblest cities " song of praise was composed by Christian Friedrich Witt.  The composer of the music to the "Bethlehem, of noblest cities " hymn, Christian Friedrich Witt, was born on 1660 and died on April 3, 1717. We have placed "Bethlehem, of noblest cities " in the category of Songs. Enjoy the illuminating lyrics of this popular Christian song and sacred church hymn.

Bethlehem, of noblest cities Hymn
Title: Bethlehem, of noblest cities *** Name of Composer: Christian Friedrich Witt *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius *** Hymns Category: Songs

 

 

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the encouraging words of the "Bethlehem, of noblest cities " lyrics, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348AD-413AD), was born in Roman province of Tarraconensis in Spain and achieved fame as a Roman Christian poet.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Bethlehem, of noblest cities ", Christian Friedrich Witt (1660-April 3, 1717), was born in Altenburg, Germany and became famous as a composer and musician.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Bethlehem, of noblest cities
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348AD to 413AD)
Nationality of Author: Roman

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: Edward Caswall (1814 - 1878) who translated the words from Latin to English

Name of Composer of Music: Christian Friedrich Witt (1660 to April 3, 1717)
Hymn Category: Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Bethlehem, of noblest cities None can once with thee compare"
First Publication Date: 1849

 

Bethlehem, of noblest cities Lyrics

Bethlehem, of noblest cities
None can once with thee compare:
Thou alone the Lord from heaven
Didst for us Incarnate bear.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told his birth
To the lands their God announcing,
Hid beneath a form of earth.

By its lambent beauty guided,
See, the Eastern Kings appear
See them bend, their gifts to offer-
Gifts of incense, gold and myrrh.

Solemn things of mystick meaning-
Incense doth the God disclose:
Gold a Royal child proclaimeth:
Myrrh a future tomb foreshows,

Holy Jesu, in thy brightness
To the Gentile world display'd,
With the Father and the Spirit
Praise eterne to thee be paid. Amen.

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