Nursery Rhymes

Three Kings

Three Kings Lyrics and Music

The rousing words and lyrics of the revered hymn begin with "We three kings of Orient are; Bearing gifts we traverse afar" as the first line of the hymn. Both the lyrics and the music of the "Three Kings" hymn were written by its American author and composer, John Henry Hopkins Jr.. The writer and composer, John Henry Hopkins Jr., was born on October 28, 1820 and died on August 14, 1891. John Henry Hopkins Jr. was born in and became famous as a composer and musician. We have placed "Three Kings" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the rousing lyrics of this popular Christian song and grand church hymn.

Three Kings Hymn
Title: Three Kings *** Name of Writer and Composer: John Henry Hopkins Jr. *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Three Kings
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Henry Hopkins Jr. (October 28, 1820 to August 14, 1891)
Nationality of Author: American

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "We three kings of Orient are; Bearing gifts we traverse afar"
First Publication Date: 1857

Three Kings Lyrics

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.

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, voices raising,
Worshipping God on 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,
Sounds through the earth and skies.


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