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First Line: We three kings of orient are
Last Line: Chorus
Subject(s): Christmas; Christmas Carols; Nativity, The


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,
Guiding us to Thy perfect light.

GASPARD
Born a King on Bethlehem plain,
GOLD I bring to crown Him again,
King for ever,
Ceasing never
Over us all to reign.

Chorus

MELCHIOR
FRANINCENSE to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh:
Prayer and praising
All men raising,
Worship Him God on High.

Chorus

BALTHAZAR
MYRRH is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom; --
Sorrowing, sighing,
Bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

Chorus

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King, and God, and Sacrifice;
Heav'n sings Hallelujah:
Hallelujah the earth replies.

Chorus





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