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117. We Three Kings of Orient Are

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 the perfect Light.

2 Born a babe 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 on high. [Refrain]

4 Myrrh is mine: its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gath'ring gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing,
Bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb. [Refrain]

5 Glorious now behold him rise,
King and God and sacrifice:
Heav'n sings,
"Hallelujah!" earth replies. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We three kings of Orient are
Title: We Three Kings of Orient Are
Author: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 1820-1891
Publication Date: 2001
Meter: 88 44 6 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-11
Topic: Christmas
Refrain First Line: O star of wonder, star of night
Tune Information
Composer: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 18201-891
Meter: 88 44 6 with refrain
Key: e minor

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