The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Wise Men From Egypt's Ancient Land

Words: May P. Hoyt

George Edgar Oliver
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Carol #299, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Wise men from Egypt's ancient land,
Why come ye from afar?
Why bear ye gold and frankincense?
Why follow ye that star?
Shepherds who watch your flocks by night
Under the star-lit skies,
List to the music sounding far,
Hear angel voices rise.

2. Hark to the message sweet and clear,
Sent down to earth from heaven,
"This day is born in Bethlehem,
The Christ to mortals given."
Ye people all, both great and small,
Come, join the wise men's train,
List with the shepherds to the notes
Of that angelic strain.

3. Kneel to the Child on Mary's knee,
The Lord come down from heaven,
Lay down your hearts, your lives, your all,
As off'rings freely given.
Then rising sing, with that bright host,
"Glory to God most High,
Peace on the earth, good will to men,"
All now through Him brought nigh.

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Sheet Music from Hutchins

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