Three Kings Follow the Wonder

We’re on Week 3 of Christmas Carols for One-Liner Wednesday, a weekly blogfest hosted by none other than Linda G. Hill. Check out how you can join in the one-liner fun at the end of this post.

Before we get into the lyrics of this carol, let’s gather its history from Wikipedia:

We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi“, is a Christmas carol that was written by John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857. At the time of composing the carol, Hopkins served as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and he wrote the carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City.”

Did you know that the Three Kings are also known as the Magi?

“The biblical Magi, also referred to as the (ThreeWise Men or (ThreeKings, were, in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.”


We three kings of Orient are; 
bearing gifts we traverse afar, 
field and fountain, moor and mountain, 
following yonder star. 

Refrain: 
O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, 
gold I bring to crown him again, 
King forever, ceasing never, 
over us all to reign. [Refrain]

Frankincense to offer have I; 
incense owns a Deity nigh; 
prayer and praising, voices raising, 
worshiping God on high. [Refrain]

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume 
breathes a life of gathering gloom; 
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, 
sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]

Glorious now behold him arise; 
King and God and sacrifice: 
Alleluia, Alleluia, 
sounds through the earth and skies. [Refrain]


I found two very different videos for We Three Kings and I love them both. I wanted to stay away from a choir rendition, so this week you get:

  1. Rock/Cello funk with a female King in the mix. MmmmHmmm…
  2. Piano/Cello funk with The Piano Guys and an ice rink.

Enjoy!

 


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18 responses to Three Kings Follow the Wonder

  1. Shelley says:

    One of my favorites – I like the piano version, just because I can play this song on the piano. MmmmHmmm BUT not like the video, far from it! Happy Wednesday, Mary – hope it is as special as you are, thank you for sharing this post!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Shelley! As I have absolutely no talent with a piano, I think it’s wonderful you have the ability to sit down and play. MmmmHmmm, yes I do! Happy Wednesday!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    This is a great choice. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an instrumental version but I watched the one on ice and I like it s lot. I hope you have a great rest of the week.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The Piano guys have other awesome Christmas videos, if you’re interested. Oh come, oh come Emmanuel is one of them. As for the other one, it has its rock-ish moments, but I can’t get the MmmHmm out of my head.

  3. LindaGHill says:

    Now if the stores would play carols like that first video, I could handle them. 🙂
    So says the star of won-der-liner Wednesday. 😉 Haha.

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    oooo – I love the 2nd piano/cello version! First, I love both the piano and cello, but this version is whimsical with the skaters and it had me smiling at the very beginning as they pushed the piano out onto the ice 🙂
    They’ve made this song uplifting and happy!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m glad the second version made you smile, Joanne. I thought it was fun, too, and when I have time, I’m going to check out other videos by them.

  5. marianallen says:

    What about the version we used to sing when we were little?
    We three king of orient are
    We all smoke a rubber cigar.
    It was loaded and exploded
    BOOM!
    We two kings of orient are….

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