O Sola Magnarum Urbium

This hymn is used for Lauds on Epiphany in the Extraordinary Forms. A variation of this text incorporating some different verses from the larger text from which this one is taken is used for Office of Readings on Epiphany in the Ordinary Form.

O sola magnarum urbium
Maior Bethlehem, cui contigit
Ducem salutis caelitus
Incorporatum gignere:

Quem stella, quae solis rotam
Vincit decore ac lumine,
Venisse terris nuntiat
Cum carne terrestri Deum.

Videre postquam illum Magi,
Eoa promunt munera;
Stratique votis offerunt
Thus, myrrham, et aurum regium.

Regem Deumque annuntiant
Thesaurus et fragrans odor
Thuris Sabaei; ac myrrheus
Pulvis sepulchrum praedocet.

Iesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui apparuisti gentibus,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu,
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.

Words: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 5th C.
Tune:Hostis Herodes Impie” Gregorian Chant, Mode III, traditional.

Meter: 88.88

The hymn takes the following form in the Liber Hymnarius for the Ordinary Form:

Magi videntes parvulum
Eoa promunt munera,
Stratique votis offerunt
Tus, myrrham et aurum regium.

Agnosce clara insignia
Virtutis ac regni tui,
Puer, cui trinam Pater
Praedestinavit indolem:

Regem Deumque annuntiant
Thesaurus et fragrans odor
Turis Sabaei, at myrrheus
Pulvis sepulcrum praedocet.

O sola magnarum urbium
Maior Bethlem, cui contigit
Ducem salutis caelitus
Incorporatum gignere!

Hunc et prophetis testibus
Isdemque signatoribus
Testator et sator iubet
Adire regnum et cernere:

Regnum quod ambit omnia
Dia et marina et terrea
A solis ortu ad exitum
Et tartara et caelum supra.

Iesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui te revelas gentibus,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu,
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.

This is part of a larger text which will be provided once I am able to track it down.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Bethlehem! Of Noblest Cities

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