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There came three kings, ere break of day

There came three kings, ere break of day

Author: Gerard Moultrie
Tune: EPIPHANY (Smith)
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 There came three kings ere break of day,
All on Epiphany;
Their gifts they bare, both rich and rare,
All, all, Lord Christ, for Thee:
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are there,--
Where is the King? O where? O where?
O where is the King? O where?

2 The star shone brightly overhead,
The air was calm and still,
O’er Bethle'm’s fields its rays were shed,
The dew lay on the hill:
We see no throne, no palace fair,--
Where is the King? O where? O where?
O where is the King? O where?

3 An old man knelt at a manger low,
A Babe lay in the stall;
The starlight played on th'Infant brow,
Deep silence lay o’er all;
A maiden knelt o’er th'Babe in prayer,--
There is the King! O there! O there!
There is the King! O there!

Source: Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #147

Author: Gerard Moultrie

Moultrie, Gerard, M.A., son of the Rev. John Moultrie, was born at Rugby Rectory, Sept. 16, 1829, and educated at Rugby and Exeter College, Oxford (B.A. 1851, M.A. 1856). Taking Holy Orders, he became Third Master and Chaplain in Shrewsbury School; Chaplain to the Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry, 1855-59; curate of Brightwaltham, 1859; and of Brinfield, Berks, 1860; Chaplain of the Donative of Barrow Gurney, Bristol, 1864: Vicar of Southleigh, 1869, and Warden of St. James's College, Southleigh,1873. He died April 25, 1885. His publications include: 1) The Primer set forth at large for the use of the Faithful. In Family and Private Prayer. Edited from the Post Reformation editions, 1864. (2) Hymns and Lyrics for the Seasons and Saint… Go to person page >

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First Line: There came three kings, ere break of day
Author: Gerard Moultrie
Refrain First Line: Where is the King



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