The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Three Kings Once Lived

Words: Joseph Bennett

Music: Frederic H. Cowen
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Carol 616, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

Three kings once lived in Eastern land,
Full wise were they, as wise could be,
And 'neath the midnight sky would stand,
To read the stars most paiently.
Then once unto the others said:
A star unknown hath come in sight.
It goeth East from overhead,
And shineth like a meteor bright.

Star of Bethlehem, lead the way,
Star of Bethlehem, lead the way,
Through the night, still thy bright ray
Paleth with the dawn of day.

Another cried: For that sweet sign
Mine eyes have looked these many years,
And prophets on its light divine
Have longed to gaze, with sighs and tears.
Then spake the third: O brothers twain,
To follow let us now agree,
The time is ripe, and Heav'n doth deign
To show a holy mystery.

Star of Bethlehem, lead the way,
Star of Bethlehem, lead the way,
Through the night, still thy bright ray
Paleth with the dawn of day.

Three kings passed o'er countries wild,
Then came unto a stable poor,
And saw a little new-born child-
The star did rest above the door;
“O King of earth and heav'n,” they said,
“We worship at Thy manger throne,
And crown with gifts Thy sacred Head,
For thou art Lord and Thou alone.”

Star of Bethlehem, lead the way,
Star of Bethlehem, lead the way,
Through the night, still thy bright ray
Paleth with the dawn of day.

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 616

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