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Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Jan-04 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: We Three Kings of Orient Are
Subject: Lyr Add: KINGS OF ORIENT
Hi, Sheila - here's the text from the Oxford Book of Carols. You can find a MIDI at hymnsite.com - but Hymnsite has "star of light," while the Oxford Book of Carols (OBC) has "night." OBC has some other differences from what I'm used to, but I think we can trust OBC as a legitimate source. The 1940 Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America has the same text, but the 1982 Hymnal has slight differences (but both say "night," while the Baptist hymnals say "light").
-Joe Offer-

Kings of Orient
Text & Music: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 1820-1891
Tune: KINGS OF ORIENT, Meter: 88.446 with Refrain

  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. [Melchior] 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. [Caspar] Frankincense to offer have I;
    Incense owns a Deity nigh;
    Prayer and praising, all men raising,
    Worship him, God most high:
    (Refrain)

  4. [Balthazar] 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!
    Heav'n sings Alleluya,
    Alleluya the earth replies:
    (Refrain)


Notes: This carol is one of the most successful modern examples. It was both written and composed (c. 1857) by Dr. J.H. Hopkins, Rector of Christ's Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who died at Troy, New York, in 1891.