The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Came Three Kings From Far Away

Words by B. Cranston

Music by G. F. Hayward
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Carol #647, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. There came three kings from far away,
Lead by a star's most lust'rous ray,
To Christ their steps were straight-way bend,
To see the King was there intent.
Oh may we tread the path they trod,
That leads to Christ, the living God!

2. Now when they reached the lowly shed,
And saw within the cradle-bed,
Their eyes at once were heav'n-ward raised,
And songs of joy were then upraised.
Oh, may we see that Babe Divine,
And may such joy be ever mine!

3. And when they reached the manger stall,
Upon their knees they straight did fall,
And off'rings brought of gifts most rare,
That they their homage might declare.
Oh, may our off'rings ever be,
Meet for the King of Kings to see!

4. They brought with them most costly things,
For that sweet Babe the King of Kings,
'Twas Frankincense, with Gold and myrrh,
For Priests and King and Sad Martyr.
Oh, may we bring such offerings meet,
And lay them down at Jesu's feet!

5. Oh, swing we then with voices clear,
Sweet carols to this Babe so dear,
And sing we too, these monarchs three,
Who journeyed far this Babe to see.
Oh, may our hearts most faithful be,
At this our glad Epiphany!

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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