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From a Distant Home

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1 From a distant home the Savior we come seeking,
using as our guide the star so brightly beaming.

Lovely eastern star that tells us of God's morning,
heaven's wondrous light, O never cease thy shining!
Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven,
and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

2 Glowing gold I bring the new-born babe so holy,
token of his power to reign above in glory. [Refrain]

3 Frankincense I bring the child of God's own choosing,
token of our prayers to heaven ever rising. [Refrain]

4 Bitter myrrh have I to give the infant Jesus,
token of the pain that he will bear to save us. [Refrain]

1 De tierra lejana venimos a verte,
nos sirve de guia la estrella de Oriente.

Oh brillante estrella que anuncias la aurora
no nos falte nunca tu luz bienhechora.
Gloria en las alturas al Hijo de Dios,
Gloria en las alturas y en la tierra amore.

2 Al recién nacido que es Rey de los reyes,
oro le regalo para ornar sus sienes. [Estribrillo]

3 Como es Dios el Niño le regalo incienso,
perfume con alma que sube hasta el cielo. [Estribrillo]

4 Al Niño del cielo que bajo a la tierra,
le regalo mirra que inspira tristeza. [Estribrillo]

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #322

Translator: George K. Evans

George K. Evans (b. 1917) was educated at Rice University (B.A.) the University of Texas (M.A.), and George Peabody College for Teachers (Ph.D.). Throughout his career, he served as music supervisor and choral music director in high schools and colleges. He also was minister of music, choir director, and organist in various churches. --The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion, 1993 Died: After 1962 (he had copyrights registered at least through 1963).  Go to person page >

Translator: Walter Ehret

EHRET--Walter, passed away on November 16th, 2009 at the age of 91, after a long, happy, and productive life. He left a great legacy as a teacher who touched many students' lives. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Beverly, his wife of 62 years, adored father of David Ehret and Christine Marver, and daughter-in-law Pamela Ehret, and the proud grandfather of Jeffrey, Julia, and Sarah Marver. Mr. Ehret was born in New York City in 1918 to Adele Tonies and her husband who tragically died in the flu epidemic of that year. He was later adopted by a kind stepfather, Charles Ehret. Walter Ehret was a graduate of the Julliard School of Music and Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of Hofstra… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: De tierra lejana venimos a verte (From a distant home the Savior we come seeking)
Title: From a Distant Home
Spanish Title: De Tierra Lejan Venimos
Translator: George K. Evans
Translator: Walter Ehret
Meter: 12.12 with refrain
Source: Traditional Puerto Rican carol; Puerto Rican carol
Place of Origin: Puerto Rico
Refrain First Line: O brillante estre (Lovely eastern star)
Copyright: Trans. © 1963, 1980 Walter Ehret and George K. Evans, by permission of Walton Music Corp. (admin. GIA Publications Inc.)



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Lift Up Your Hearts #106


Moravian Book of Worship #322

Praise y Adoración #156b

Santo, Santo, Santo #110

The Presbyterian Hymnal #64


The United Methodist Hymnal #243

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #94

Voices United #89

Worship and Rejoice #238

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