The Wise Men Saw a Light Afar

The wise men saw a light afar

Author: Richard R. Chope (1894)
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1. The wise men saw a light afar
shine out on Christmas morning,
And taught by faith they hailed the star
of Christ on Christmas morning.
Then journeyed they, those princes three,
on Christmas in the morning,
To David’s town, his Lord to see,
the Babe in glory’s morning!

2. Whom did ye see, ye shepherds, say,
on Christmas in the morning?
Whose voice heard ye, this peaceful day,
sweet singing in the morning?
We heard their carols in the sky,
on Christmas in the morning,
And saw the angel host on high
in robes of light, this morning!

3. And whom see ye, good Christians all,
on Christmas in the morning?
Whose voice hear we, this festival,
in tones of love and warning?
We hear the Church, our mother dear,
on Christmas in the morning;
And see her Spouse, for faith sees clear,
th’Incarnate Word, this morning.

4. Then lift ye up your hearts aright,
this Eucharistic morning!
Come, come, where altars beam with light,
And choirs sing sweet, this morning;
Glory to God, to God our King,
on Christmas in the morning!
Peace, peace, let all good people sing,
goodwill to men this morning!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7507

Author: Richard R. Chope

Chope, Richard Robert, M.A., born Sept. 21, 1830, educated at Exeter College, Oxford, B.A., 1855, and took Holy Orders as Curate of Stapleton, 1856. During his residence at Stapleton the necessities of the Choir led him to plan his Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, published in 1857. In 1858 he took the Curacy of Sherborne, Dorset; in the following year that of Upton Scudamore, where he undertook the training of the Chorus of the Warminster district for the first Choral Festival in Salisbury Cathedral; and in 1861 that of Brompton. The enlarged edition of The Congregational Hymn Book was published 1862, and The Canticles, Psalter, &c, of the Prayer Book, Noted and Pointed, during the same year. In 1865 he was preferred to the parish of St.… Go to person page >

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First Line: The wise men saw a light afar
Title: The Wise Men Saw a Light Afar
Author: Richard R. Chope (1894)
Meter: D
Source: Carols for Use in Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Limited, 1894), number 28
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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