The Babe of Bethlehem

From the East the magi came

Author: E. R. Latta
Tune: [From the east the magi came]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 From the east the magi came,
The Redeemer to behold,
And they worshipped Him, and gave
Gifts of incense and of gold.

As the magi there did bow,
I would fain have been with them;
But I will adore Thee now,
Blessed Babe of Bethlehem.

2 Yes, by faith, I see the star,
Moving westward to the skies,
And I follow, till I see
Where the blessed Infant lies. [Refrain]

3 Better gift than gold or myrrh,
I to Him may now impart;
Dear Redeemer, take, I pray,
Take the incense of my heart. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13146

Author: E. R. Latta

Rv Eden Reeder Latta USA 1839-1915. Born at Haw Patch, IN, the son of a Methodist minister, (also a boyhood friend of hymn writer Willam A Ogden) he became a school teacher. During the American Civil War he preached for the Manchester Methodist Church and other congregations (possibly as a circuit rider filling empty pulpits). In 1863 he married Mary Elizabeth Wright, and they had five children: Arthur, Robert, Jennie, two others. He taught for the public schools of Manchester, and later Colesburg, IA. He moved to Guttenberg, IA, in the 1890s, and continued writing song lyrics for several major gospel composers, including William Ogden, James McGranahan, James Fillmore, and Edmund Lorenz. He wrote 1600+ songs and hymns, many being wi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: From the East the magi came
Title: The Babe of Bethlehem
Author: E. R. Latta
Refrain First Line: As the magi there did bow
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #13146
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