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We Three Kings of Orient are

We Three Kings of Orient are Lyrics and Music

The author of the lyrics of the words and lyrics of this cherished hymn begin with "We three kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. Both the lyrics and the music of the "We Three Kings of Orient are" Christmas hymn were written by its American author and composer, John Henry Hopkins. The writer and composer, John Henry Hopkins, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States on October 28, 1820 and died on August 14, 1891. John Henry Hopkins became famous as a composer and musician, music teacher, priest, rector and hymn writer. Enjoy the words of the lyrics of this traditional Christmas carol.

We Three Kings of Orient are Hymn
Title: We Three Kings of Orient are *** Name of Composer: John Henry Hopkins *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: John Henry Hopkins *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

History of the 'We Three Kings of Orient are' Christmas Carol
The history of this joyful festive song reflects the Magi mentioned in Matthew 2:1–12 of the Bible that tells the story of Magi (the ‘wise men’ from the East), who were guided to Jesus (the Messiah) by a bright star during his Nativity, and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh whilst paying homage to him.

Who were the Magi?
The Bible does not provide details of the number of the Magi (it is assumed there were three, due to the 3 gifts), nor does the Bible state where the Magi came from, their names or what their status was. During the Medieval era, Christians assigned the Magi the names Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

Where did the Magi come from?
The country of origin of the Magi is unknown for sure but scholars have speculated that Babylonia and Persia are the most likely places. It is certain that they were well educated and had knowledge of Judaism and the prophecies of the Hebrew Bible relating to the coming of a king or Messiah, the promised deliverer of the Jewish people. The name "magi" was the name given to the priests and astrologers in Persia and Jews were once exiles in Babylonia.

We Three Kings of Orient are 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 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 rein

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 owns a Deity nigh
Pray'r and praising, all men 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 of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the 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
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav'n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: We Three Kings of Orient are
Author of Lyrics: John Henry Hopkins (October 28, 1820 to August 14, 1891)
Name of Composer of Music: John Henry Hopkins
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: We three kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar
First Publication Date: 1857

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