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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Sabine Baring-Gould
(1834–1924)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Trans­lat­ed by Sa­bine Bar­ing-Gould (1834–1924), alt.

Music: French Flan­ders tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

The Magi came out of the Orient land,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
They rode over rock and they rode over sand,
Right glad, then were those three.

And as they went riding, a star went before,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
The form of a glorious infant it bore,
Right glad, then were those three.

And when to Jerusalem city they came,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
They saw not the star with its glorious flame,
How sad, then were those three.

And as they were sitting at dinner one day,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
An angel of Heaven appeared and did say,
Right glad, then were those three.

Go, Magi, once more from the town to the wild,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
For Herod is seeking the life of the Child,
How sad, then were those three.

But when from the city they hastened in fear,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
The star went before, shining brightly and clear,
Right glad, then were those three.

They came to the stable at Bethlehem town,
Now rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, pretty baby!
They poured out their treasures,
And lowly knelt down,
Right glad, then were those three.