Songs & Hymns

We Three Kings

(General)
This traditional carol can be sung at Christmas or Epiphany. It tells the story of the wise men visiting Jesus. Although it doesn't say in the Bible that there were three kings, this is part of the legend that has grown up around the Christmas story. Sometimes this hymn is sung by dividing verses 2-4 between soloists representing the three kings.

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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 for ever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light!

Frankincense to offer have I -
Incense tells a deity nigh:
Prayer and praising, all are raising:
Worship him - God most high!
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light!

Myrrh is mine - its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom:
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in a stone-cold tomb:
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light!

Glorious now behold him arise -
King and God and sacrifice!
Heaven sings: 'Alleluia' -
'Alleluia' the earth replies.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light!

Words and music: J H Hopkins (1820-1891)

This arrangement © The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB

This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 38002. Please include all items copied in your annual report, quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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