We Three Kings is a reverent Christmas song that is a salute to the newborn king.
It has a different pace to it since it is in 3/8 timing.
It feels like a song of hope. It feels to me like a song about the dawn of a new time and a royal beauty bright.
Track #6 of 15 songs on Christmas Piano.
The words and music were written in 1857 by John Hopkins. This is a carol that is associated with Twelfth Night that was celebrated in most countries as the day the three wise men were led to Bethlehem and found the manger. The song tells the story of what each of the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus. It is one of the most popular and well-known carols ever written.
Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr. while teaching music at the seminary, wrote the hymn, We Three Kings, for a Christmas pageant. John Hopkins was an author, book illustrator, stained glass window designer, clergyman and editor of the New York Journal.
John Hopkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1820, the oldest child. His father was from Dublin and was a successful iron master, school teacher, lawyer, priest and Episcopal Bishop. His mother was from Hamburg. John Hopkins reflected artistic talents of both of his parents in music, poetry and art.
Source: 1) Share Faith 2) Christmas Carols Songbook 3) Hymnary.org
Lyrics To We Three Kings
We three kings of orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
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 night;
Prayer and praising all men raising, worship him, God most high.
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume, breathes a 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 the heavens replies.
Chorus: O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.
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