Christmas Carols 101: We Three Kings of Orient Are

(Oh, those three unconventional kings and their peculiar devotion to Purple Lights…)

We Three Kings of Orient Are

we3kingsWe three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar…
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

CHORUS: Oh, star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

CHORUS: Oh, star of wonder, etc.

Frankincense to offer have I.
Incense for a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worshiping God on high.

CHORUS: Oh, star of wonder, etc.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breaths in life to gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

CHORUS: Oh, star of wonder, etc.

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God… and Sacrifice.
“Alleluia, alleluia”
Sounds through the earth and skies.

CHORUS: Oh, star of wonder, etc.

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  1. 1

    Hi, Marya!

    I love your Three Kings graphic, and I think it would make a terrific Christmas card (if not t-shirt, too).

    I also remember, as a child, thinking they were three kings of Orri and Tar. I think I pictured these as costly spices of some sort, like Frankincense and Myrrh…

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    admin Says:

    Thanks, Ziggy. :) ‘Tis already done – a new post, with downloads available in 2 sizes. (God and Simpson barely had time to Reconcile, in this morning’s first post!)

    I think I put some Orri and Tar in my roast chicken last night. At least, 7-year-old Emmy commented it tasted “exotic”.

    We also served a Christmas Pannetoni as “dessert”, and Emmy brightly blurted out: “Oh, I know what THAT is! It’s an Italianoni!”

    Runs in the family, I guess. But mispronunciations sure make life more interesting for the terminally imaginative!

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