Scripture Verse

…they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.@Matthew 2:11

Introduction

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John Brownlie
(1857–1925)

Words: Trans­lat­ed by John Brown­lie, prob­ab­ly from an­cient Greek. Orig­in­al au­thor un­known. Ap­peared in Brown­lie’s Hymns from the East (Pais­ley, Scot­land: Al­ex­an­der Gard­ner, 1907) pag­e 46.

Music: Lake Enon Is­aac B. Wood­bu­ry, 1856 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Isaac B. Woodbury
(1819–1858)

Lyrics

The best that Heav’n could bring—
First fruits, an offering free—
Was brought from far, when by the star,
The wise men came to Thee.

No scepter, and no throne!
The magi were amazed,
As, with surprise, on humble guise
And poverty, they gazed.

But there Thy God-head shone,
Despite the manger bed;
O Christ, the Lord, Incarnate Word!
’Twas there Thou laid’st Thy head.