Scripture Verse

Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?@Matthew 2:1–2

Introduction

illustration
Journey of the Magi
James J. J. Tissot (1836–1902)

Words: An­on­y­mous, in The Sun­day School Li­tur­gy, ed­it­ed by John H. Ho­bart (New York: Gen­e­ral Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Sun­day School Un­ion, 1860).

Music: F. J. Du­gard (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

O’er the hill and o’er the vale
Come three kings together,
Caring naught for snow and hail,
Cold, and wind, and weather;
Now on Persia’s sandy plains,
Now where Tigris swells with rains,
They their camels tether;
Now through Syrian lands they go,
Now through Moab, faint and slow,
Now through Edom’s heather.

O’er the hill and o’er the vale,
Each king bears a present:
Wise men go a Child to hail,
Monarchs seek a peasant;
And a star in front proceeds,
Over rocks and rivers leads,
Shines with beams incessant.
Therefore onward, onward still!
Ford the stream and climb the hills:
Love makes all things pleasant.

He is God ye go to meet;
Therefore incense proffer.
He is King ye go to greet:
Gold is in your coffer.
Also Man He comes to share
Every woe that man can bear:
Tempter, railer, scoffer;
Therefore now against the day,
In the grave where Him they lay,
Myrrh ye also offer.