288. We Three Kings

1 We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar -
Field and fountain, moor and mountain -
Following yonder star.

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, all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high. [Refrain]

4 Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom -
Sorr'wing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]

5 Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice;
Alleluia, alleluia!
Earth to heav'n replies. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We three kings of Orient are
Title: We Three Kings
Author: John H. Hopkins, Jr.
Refrain First Line: O star of wonder, star of night
Meter: with Refrain
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Christ: Birth; Christ: The Coming of the Wisemen
Tune Information
Composer: John H. Hopkins, Jr.
Meter: with Refrain
Key: G Major
Notes: Optional extended ending and transition to "Adoration"

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