We Three Kings

The Meeting of the Three Kings, with David and Isaiah, by Master of the St. Bartholomew Altarpiece, c. 1480. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Meeting of the Three Kings, with David and Isaiah, by Master of the St. Bartholomew Altarpiece, c. 1480. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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

Adoration of the Magi, by Jan van Scorel, c. 1519. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Adoration of the Magi, by Jan van Scorel, c. 1519. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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

Adoration of the Magi, by Georges Lallemand, c. 1624. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Magi, by Georges Lallemand, c. 1624. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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

Adoration of the Magi, by Cornelis Engebrechtsz., c. 1505-15. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Magi, by Cornelis Engebrechtsz., c. 1505-15. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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

Adoration of the Magi, by Jan Brueghel, c. 1598-1600. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Magi, by Jan Brueghel, c. 1598-1600. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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

The Adoration of the Magi, by Paolo Farinati, c. 1585. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Adoration of the Magi, by Paolo Farinati, c. 1585. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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

Adoration of the Magi, by Defendente Ferrari, c. 1520. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Magi, by Defendente Ferrari, c. 1520. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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

Adoration of the Magi, by Hugo van der Goes, c. 15th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Magi, by Hugo van der Goes, c. 15th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.

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

The Adoration of the Magi, by Pieter Aertsen, c. 1560. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Adoration of the Magi, by Pieter Aertsen, c. 1560. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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

The Adoration of the Magi, by Luca di Tommè, c. 14th century. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Adoration of the Magi, by Luca di Tommè, c. 14th century. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.

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

This is the twelfth — and last! — blog post of a blog series illustrating a Christmas carol for twelve different Christmas songs! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

The usual blog posts will be coming soon. 🙂

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of three, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer

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