The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Fields Beyond Euphrates

Words: George Radcliffe Woodward


Music: Setting of Madre, non mi far monaca by Charles Wood
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., An Italian Carol Book (London: The Faith Press, Ltd., 1920), #11

1. From fields beyond Euphrates
    and Far Tigris, Princes quit
Their Lares, their Penates, and
    To Palestina flit
To seek an Infant
    Who is the King of ages,
    Foretold by seers and sages,
Of whom, too, Balaam writ.

2. The heav'ns declare the glory of
    The King of Jewry's birth:
A Star doth tell the story of
    Emmanuel on eart.
Swift go the Magi,
        In fair or froward weather,
        O'er mountain, rock or heather,
O'er desert, frith and firth.

3. As last they kneel afor the Child
    Whom Mary's arms enfold,
And silently adore the Child
    Lain in a manger cold.
Then to the Infant:
    These Easterlings gan offer
    The treasure of their coffer
Frankincense, myrrh and gold.

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