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Three Kings of Orient

2Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
3 Field and fountain,
4 Moor and mountain,
5Following yonder Star.
6 O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
7 Star with Royal Beauty bright,
8 Westward leading,
9 Still proceeding,
10 Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
11GASPARD.
12Born a King on Bethlehem plain,
13Gold I bring to crown Him again,
14 King for ever,
15 Ceasing never,
16Over us all to reign.
17 O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
18 Star with Royal Beauty bright,
19 Westward leading,
20 Still proceeding,
21 Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
22MELCHIOR
23Frankincense to offer have I,
24Incense owns a Deity nigh:
25 Prayer and praising
26 All men raising,
27Worship Him God on High.
28 O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
29 Star with Royal Beauty bright,
30 Westward leading,
31 Still proceeding,
32 Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
33BALTHAZAR
34Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
35Breathes a life of gathering gloom; --
36 Sorrowing, sighing,
37 Bleeding, dying,
38Sealed in the stone cold tomb.
39 O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
40 Star with Royal Beauty bright,
41 Westward leading,
42 Still proceeding,
43 Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
44Glorious now behold Him arise,
45King, and God, and Sacrifice;
46 Heav'n sings Hallelujah:
47 Hallelujah the earth replies.
48 O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
49 Star with Royal Beauty bright,
50 Westward leading,
51 Still proceeding,
52 Guide us to Thy perfect Light.

Notes

1] Stanzas 1 and 5 alone are sung as a trio. Back to Line
 What thou lovest well remains,
                  the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
                or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
    Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
Ezra Pound Pisan Cantos, LXXXI
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