Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >
The wise men to Thy cradle throne. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Epiphany.] Published in her Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, &c, 1858, No. 8, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Although seldom found in modern collections it is in Mrs. Alexander's best style. Possibly her interpretation of the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, as symbolizing love, prayer, and repentance, has made against the general adoption of the hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: The wise men to thy cradle-throneFirst Line: The wise men to thy cradle-throneMeter: 8s & 6s.Scripture: Matthew 2:11Date: 1868Subject: Jesus Christ | Advent at Birth; Advent of Christ | At Birth