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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Jan-04 - 12:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: We Three Kings of Orient Are
Subject: RE: We Three Kings of Orient Are
Long discussion at Hymns and Carols of Christmas We Three Kings

Kings of Orient is the original title, as given by Joe. Like Bat Goddess, I remember we always sang 'might' rather than 'night' in our school Christmas performances, thus it still 'seems' the best choice to me.

The New Oxford Book of Carols and 1916 Episcopal Hymnal give the order as Gaspard, Melchior and Balthazar. The Oxford Book of Carols (and others) give Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar.

The discussion says that without checking the original publication (Hopkins 1863, Carols, Hymns and Songs), no connection, if any, can be taken between the verses and the kings.