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

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

Words: Ida F. Ley­da, in Child­ren’s Me­lo­dies (Wa­pel­lo, Io­wa: Ley­da Pub­lish­ing, 1916).

Music: Ar­ranged from Beet­ho­ven’s Min­u­et in G Ma­jor by Hel­en M. Browne (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Long ago the glorious Christmas star
Guided wise men from afar,
To the little town of Bethlehem,
To the Savior of all men.

Over hill, across the desert sand,
Slowly t’ward the Holy Land,
With them precious loving gifts they bring,
Asking for the newborn King.

When they saw the Child they all rejoiced,
Worshipped Him with tender voice,
Bowing low, presented gifts of love
To the Christ-child from above.