Scripture Verse

Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:1–2

Introduction

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Adoration of the Magi
Rogier van der Weyden
1399–1464

Words: God­frey Thring, 1873.

Music: Ros­more Hen­ry G. Trem­bath, 1893 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Thring (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Henry G. Trembath
1843–1908

Lyrics

From the east­ern moun­tains,
Pressing on, they come,
Wise men in their wis­dom,
To His hum­ble home;
Stirred by deep de­vo­tion,
Hasting from afar,
Ever jour­ney­ing on­ward,
Guided by a star.

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Light of life that shin­eth
Ere the worlds be­gan,
Draw Thou near, and light­en
Every heart of man.

There their Lord and Sav­ior
Meek and low­ly lay,
Wondrous Light that led them
Onward on their way,
Ever now to light­en
Nations from afar,
As they jour­ney home­ward
By that guid­ing star.

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Thou who in a man­ger
Once hast low­ly lain,
Who dost now in glo­ry
O’er all king­doms reign,
Gather in the hea­then
Who in lands afar
Ne’er have seen the bright­ness
Of Thy guid­ing star.

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Gather in the out­casts,
All who’ve gone astray,
Throw Thy ra­di­ance o’er them,
Guide them on their way.
Those who nev­er knew Thee,
Those who’ve wan­dered far,
Guide them by the bright­ness
Of Thy guid­ing star.

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Onward through the dark­ness
Of the lone­ly night,
Shining still be­fore them
With Thy kind­ly light.
Guide them, Jew and Gen­tile,
Homeward from afar,
Young and old to­ge­ther,
By Thy guid­ing star.

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Until ev­ery na­tion,
Whether bond or free,
’Neath Thy star­lit ba­nner,
Jesus, fol­lows Thee.
O’er the dist­ant moun­tains
To that heav­en­ly home,
Where nor sin nor sor­row
Evermore shall come.

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