151. We Three Kings of Orient Are

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1 We three kings of Orient are;
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.

Refrain:
O star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light!

2 Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never
over us all to reign. [Refrain]

3 Frankincense to offer have I;
incense owns a deity nigh;
prayer and praising gladly raising,
worshiping God Most High. [Refrain]

4 Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]

5 Glorious now behold him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
sounds through the earth and skies. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We three kings of Orient are
Title: We Three Kings of Orient Are
Author: John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1857, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.8.8.6 with refrain
Scripture: Psalm 72:10; Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 60:3; Matthew 2:1-12; Mark 1:14-20; Luke 1:33
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O star of wonder, star of night
Tune Information
Name: KINGS OF ORIENT
Composer: John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1857, alt.)
Meter: 8.8.8.6 with refrain
Key: G Major or modal


Text Information:

Although Christians had begun by the 2nd century to speak of these visitors from eastern countries (Matthew 2:1–12) as “kings,” perhaps because of passages like Psalm 72:10 and Isaiah 60:3, it is more accurate to think of them as magi or astrologers, the scholars of their day.


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