The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Three Kings Were Led By God's Own Hand

For the Epiphany

Words: Drei Kön'ge führt die gottlich Hand, translated by R. F. Littledale

Tune: “S. Hilda,” Arthur H. Brown
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Meter: 88 88 88

Source: Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), #21, pages 64-65.

1. Three kings were led by God's own Hand,
With guiding star from Eastern land,
To Jesus through Jerusalem,
Unto the stall in Bethlehem.
God, to that Infant bring us too,
That we may be His servants true.

2. Bright shown the star on all around,
Within it safe a Baby crowned;
A golden Cross His Sceptre seemed,
His Head with more than sunlight beamed.
God, from Thy Throne in Heaven afar,
Lighten the world with that same Star.

3. Not for one fleeting hour's delay
Could Herod check them on their way;
They left the palace fair behind,
And hasted on the stall to find.
God, grant us that good path to tread
Till we be numbered with the dead.

4. When to the manger came the three,
They fell in worship on the knee,
Then to the Child their gifts unfold,
The myrrh, the frankincense, and gold.
God, take our gifts in Jesu's Name.
Heart, body, soul, wealth, blood, and fame.

5. The Virgin greeted well her guests,
And laid her Baby on their breasts,
Him thenceforth in their hearts they bore
And sought no other treasure more.
God, Father, Which in Heaven art,
Lay Christ for ever in our heart.

6. Then with that guerdon well content,
Rejoicing to their home they went,
That Infant sweet their one reward,
The Angel host their loving guard.
God, when our last long road we take,
Grant us the like for Jesu's sake.

“S. Hilda,” Arthur H. Brown


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