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We three kings of orient are

Composer

Revd. John Henry Hopkins

Arranger

R. Mather

SATB and Organ

Text

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 thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
   gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
   over us all to reign

Frankincense to offer have I
   incense owns a Deity nigh
prayer and praising, all men raising
   worship Him, God most high

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
   breathes of life of gathering gloom
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
   sealed in the stone-cold tomb

Glorious now behold Him arise
   King and God and sacrifice
alleluia, alleluia
  earth to heav'n replies.

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We three kings - arr Mather

We three kings - arr Mather

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 20-Apr-09

We three kings of orient are


We Three Kings of Orient Are also known as "The Quest of the Magi" is a Christmas carol (technically an Epiphany carol) written by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music as part of a Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863.

Hopkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1820, and died in Hudson, New York in 1891. He was a clergyman, author, book illustrator, stained glass window designer, and editor of the Church Journal out of New York. He was the son of John Henry Hopkins, the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and the eighth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. In 1872, John Henry Hopkins became rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Plattsburgh, NY.

The three kings are magi, probably from the area of Persia, who, according to the bible, visited Jesus Christ, as a small child (not at the manger as often portrayed in nativity scenes). Although they were later assigned the names of Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchior, nowhere in the Bible does it say that there were only three magi. The gifts offered to the newborn Jesus have the following significance:

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