John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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We Three Kings

We Three Kings

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 light,
  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 light,
  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, voices raising,
Worshipping God on high.
  O star of wonder, star of light,
  Star with royal beauty bright,
  Westward leading, still proceeding,
  Guide us to thy perfect light.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.
  O star of wonder, star of light,
  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.
  O star of wonder, star of light,
  Star with royal beauty bright,
  Westward leading, still proceeding,
  Guide us to thy perfect light.

John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (1820-1891)

Having spent three days debunking various misconceptions about the Magi, I not present a hymn that draws upon nearly every one of those misconceptions. Go figure. Despite the inaccuracies, I like this hymn, and since I kicked off this project way back on November 30 with a familiar hymn, I thought it'd be nice to end it the same way.

Thus ends my Christmastide poetry project. I had fun doing it, and I hope you enjoyed it too.

Tags: advent: 2003, poet's corner
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