The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Three Kings From Out The Orient

Words: Rev. Thomas Edward Brown

Music: W. H. Gill

Carol 378, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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1. Three Kings from out the Orient
For Judah's land were fairly bent
To find the Lord of grace;
And as they journeyed pleasantlie
A star kept shining in the sky,
To guide them to the place.

"O Star," they cried, " by all confest,
Withouten dreed the lovliest!"

2. The first was Melchior to see,
The emp'ror knight of Arabye,
An aged man, I trow;
He set upon a rouncy bold,
Had taken of the red and gold,
The babe for to endow. Chorus

3. The next was Gaspar young and gay,
That held the realm of far Cathay--
Our Jesus drew him thence,--
Y-clad in silks from head to heel,
He rode upon a high cameel
And bar the frankincense. Chorus

4. The last was dusky Balthasar
That rode upon a dromedar,
His coat was of the fur;
Dark-browed he came from Samarkand,
The Christ to seek, and in his hand
Upheld the bleeding myrrh. Chorus

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 378


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