We Three Kings of Orient Are Lyrics
Author: John H Hopkins
1 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 light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.
2 Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign. [Refrain]
3 Frankincense to offer have I;
incense owns a Deity nigh;
prayer and praising, voices raising,
worshiping God on high. [Refrain]
4 Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]
5 Glorious now behold him arise;
King and God and sacrifice:
sounds through the earth and skies. [Refrain]
We Three Kings of Orient Are Hymn Story
“We Three Kings of Orient Are” is a Christmas carol that was written by John H. Hopkins in 1857.
It is a song that celebrates the wisemen from the east who travelled from the East to Jerusalem to see Christ as a baby being guided by a star.
The wisemen or Magi brought three gifts for baby Jesus i.e. gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
John Henry Hopkins was born in 1820 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He was a clergyman of the Episcopal Church. He was known for being a scholar, preacher, writer, musician, poet, and artist.
He gave the eulogy at the funeral of President Ulysses S Grant in 1885.
He died at Hudson, New York on in 1891. Another interesting fact about Hopkins is that he never married.
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