The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Three Kings

For Epiphany

Words: De Drie Koningen, An Old Flemish Carol, with sheet music

Source: Edmondstoune Duncan, The Story of the Carol (London: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd.; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911), p. 118.

1. Late, three wise Kings afar off did go.
A journeying thro the keen frost and deep snow.
All through the land, Joyfully came,
For Jesus they sought then, enthrall'd by His fame.
The drums sound their march as they quickly drew near,
The drums sound their march as they quickly drew near.

2. Thus to Saint Joseph an angel did say,
"To Egypt now speed thee, nor fear to obey.
Herod comes nigh, Vengence to reap."
Fast journey'd the ass while Mary did weep.
St. Joseph did comfort the Maid in her tears,
St. Joseph did comfort the Maid in her tears.

3. Came the dread word that little ones all
Should straight be cut off or taken in thrall.
What ear hath heard, What heart can tell,
Aught of the fearsome deeds that befell.
Such tender lambs robb'd of dear life at a word,
Such tender lambs robb'd of dear life at a word.

Sheet Music from Edmondstoune Duncan, The Story of the Carol (London: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd.; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911), p. 118.

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Compare the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Three Kings

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