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We Three Kings Song

We Three Kings Song is also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” and as “The Quest of the Magi”. This is one of the oldest written Christmas Carol. The song was written by  John Henry Hopkins, Jr, who wrote this for a Christmas pageant. Ever since then, many versions of the song have been made. You may also like to read, Frosty The Snowman Song.

The song takes the reader or the listener through the journey of three Wise King, who travel to see the baby. They are led by a bright star and they come with many gifts for the newborn. The most popular version of the “We Three Kings” is given under.

We Three Kings Song

we three kings song

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

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with 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.

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

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

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

Myrrh is mine: it’s bitter perfume
Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

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

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

Summary:

The first paragraph, tells you that the three kings are following the bright shining star. Through fields, mountains, and moors they travel with the guidance of the star. Then we hear them sing about the bright wonderful star, which leads them to baby Jesus. The star is always moving westwards, guiding them.

Then, the King of Bethlem sings. Through his verse, he says that he brings a gold crown for the young savior, for the baby is a king and the baby shall forever remain a king. Next, the second wise king offers Frankincense to the baby. Also, read I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.

The king says that every God and all kinds of prayers are incomplete without fragrances and incense, and he, the second Wiseman, brings the best for the Lord. Lastly, the third Wiseman offers Myrrh . Myrrh is a bitter perfume he says, which was sealed in a stone and reeked of gloom.

The last verse in the song continues with the three kings asking baby Jesus to rise. They ask him to be a God, to be a King and to be a Sacrifice, as Jesus was the answer to heavens from the earth by the humankind. Also, read Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem.