Scripture Verse

There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Matthew 2:1–2

Introduction

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T. Aubrey de Vere
(1814–1902)

Words: T. Au­brey de Vere, in The Ho­ly Fa­mi­ly Hymns (Lon­don: Ri­chard­son, 1860).

Music: Port Lou­is, ar­ranged from an old French ca­rol by Ed­ward d’Ev­ry in Ar­un­del Hymns, by Hen­ry F. Nor­folk & Charles T. Gat­ty (Lon­don: Boo­sey, 1898), num­ber 51 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of d’Ev­ry (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

They leave the land of gems and gold,
The shining portals of the east
For Him, the woman’s Seed foretold,
They leave the revel and the feast.

Refrain

He, he is King, and He alone,
Who lifts that infant hand to bless;
Who makes His mother’s knee His throne,
Yet rules the starry wilderness!

To earth their scepters they have cast,
And crowns by kings ancestral worn;
They track the lonely Syrian waste;
They kneel before the Babe new-born.

Refrain

O happy eyes, that saw Him first!
O happy lips that kissed His feet!
Earth slakes at last her ancient thirst:
With Eden’s joy her pulses beat.

Refrain