"We Three Kings," originally titled "Three Kings of Orient" and alternatively known as "We Three Kings of Orient Are" or "The Quest of the Magi," stands as a timeless Christmas carol penned by John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857.
Three Kings of Orient - Lyrics
We Three Kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain,
Moor and mountain,
Following yonder Star.
O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
Star with Royal Beauty bright,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
Born a King on Bethlehem plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King for ever,
Over us all to reign.
Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh:
Prayer and praising
All men raising,
Worship Him God on High.
Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;—
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
Glorious now behold Him arise,
King, and God, and Sacrifice;
Heav’n sings Hallelujah:
Hallelujah the earth replies.
The carols of Epiphany
The Carols of Epiphany is a nationwide custom in Greece and is mainly sung by children on the eve of the feast of Theophany. There are many variations in the verses depending on the region, but most carols begin with the verses "Today is the Lights and the enlightment/ The happiness is big and the sanctification...".
Read here "Epiphany in Greece: the Meaning of the Feast - Why We Bless the Waters".
The carols of Epiphany in Greece nationwide
Today is the Lights and the enlightment
The happiness is big and the sanctification
Down the Jordan River
Sits our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mary
She carries an organ, a candle she holds
And pleads with St. John.
St. John lord and Baptist
Baptize this divine child of mine
I shall ascend to the heavens
To gather roses and incense
Good day, good day
Good day to you master and the missus.
The carols of Epiphany in Kefalonia island
A little boy in Bethlehem was placed in a cave,
and now a great man runs in the Jordan,
with a camel's skin he was wrapped in,
and with the girdle of Christ he was girded.
I looked up to heaven and saw a cross in the middle,
And of all the names (here the name of the landlords of the house),
again I looked and saw a wreath or two,
And with a good night's sleep, happy Epiphany.