The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Three Kings In Great Glory

Words: Selwyn Image

Music: Martin Shaw

Carol 597, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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1. Three kings in great glory of horses and men,
Of horses and men,
In haste come a riding o'er mountain and fen,
O'er mountain and fen;
For their King is awaiting, and lo they would bring,
And lo they would bring,
The best of their treasure to give to their King,
To give to their King.

2. Poor shepherds lie huddled to-night on the plain,
To-night on the plain,
Their silly sheep guarding from danger and plain,
From danger and plain,
For the wolves howl around them, and bitter the air,
And bitter the air,
That blows o'er the snowfield as frozen and bare,
All frozen and bare.

3. Come monarchs, and enter, your Monarch is here,
Your Monarch is here,
Doff crowns, on the bare sode fall down and revere,
Fall down and revere;
For the best of you can offer is little I trow,
Is little, I trow,
To the Lord God of Heav'n you're a-kneeling to now,
A-kneeling to now.

4. Come, shepherds, and fear not, He will not despise,
He will not dispise
The gifts that you bring Him, tho' rude in men's eyes,
Tho' rude in men's eyes.
See, He's not arrayed here in purple and gold,
In purple and gold,
God's Lamb lies as helpless as lamb of your fold,
As lamb of your fold. 

5. Then simple and gentle, and foolish and wise,
And foolish and wise,
Come adore the great Lord of the earth and skies,
The earth and the skies;
Who deigns for us all on this night to be born,
This night to be born,
This night fairer than mid-summer morn,
Than mid-summer morn.

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 597

 

 

Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1913), Carol #28

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