The kings of Tharsis and of the isles shall give presents: *
The kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring gifts, and they shall offer them
unto the Lord our God. All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and
incense. The kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring gifts, and they shall offer them
unto the Lord our God.|
We have seen his star in the East: and are come with offerings to worship the Lord. Alleluia.
Ant. 1 Before the morning star begotten, †
yea, before all ages, * the Lord our Saviour as on this day is made
manifest to the world.|
2 Thy light is come, O Jerusalem, † and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee, * and the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, alleluia.
3 When they had opened their treasures, † the Wise Men presented unto the Lord * gold and frankincense and myrrh, alleluia.
4 O ye seas and river-floods, † shew forth the praises of the Lord; * O ye fountains of living water, bless ye the Lord of all, alleluia.
5 Yon star, a fiery beacon, † pointeth out the way to God, the King of kings who in the manger lay, * where Magi, when they see, do then unfold their princely gifts of frankincense and myrrh and gold.
Published in Carols, Hymns, and Songs, 1863, pp.12-13 (facsimile)
The Rev'd John Henry Hopkins, author and composer.
Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale
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