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We Three Kings

History of Christmas Carols


Title: We Three Kings

Author: Written by Rev. John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891) in 1857, he wrote both the music and lyrics of this carol. In 1863 the said Christmas carol was published in Rev. Hopkins' Carols, Hymns and Song. "We Three Kings" was written for the General Theological Seminary in New York during their Christmas pageant.

Interesting Fact: Aside from being a writer and editor, Hopkins was also a stained glass artist and book illustrator.

Lyrics (Excerpt):
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

Music Sheet: Piano music sheet for kids and guitar tabs

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