We Three Kings

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Information About We Three Kings

"We Three Kings", also known as "The Quest of the Magi", is a very popular Christmas hymn (song) written by John Henry Hopkins. an Episcopalian minister, and was published in 1863.

The song tells the story of three "kings" (or magi) who journeyed from the East (referred to in the song as "Orient") to present gifts to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Today we use the word "Orient" to refer to countries in Asia, but it is from a Latin word simply meaning "East".

There are many different versions of the story that the song is based on, with different interpretations as to what the words "King" and "Orient" meant, but it is generally felt that these men were of noble stature who came to pay their respects to the newborn baby.

Each man brought a special gift, which are described in the song. The gifts were symbolic in nature, and the newborn was presented with gold, for value, frankincense. a rare perfume or incense, and myrrh. which is made from the resin (sap) of the myrrha tree, and has significance in both ancient medicines and ceremonies.

"We Three Kings" was the most popular song that Hopkins wrote. He created it as part of a special Christmas pageant for his nephews and nieces, while he served as a music instructor at the General Theological Seminary (religious college) in New York City.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A more modern version

We three kings of orient are,
One in a taxi one in a car,
One in a lorry crushing a trolly,
Following yonder star.

We three kings of orient are,
One in a taxi one in a car,
One on a scooter beeping his hooter,
Following yonder star.

We three kings of trafalga square,
Are stealing ladies underwear,
Its elastic super fantastic,
Why don't you try a pair?

A Hilarious Version

We three king's or Orient are, smoking on a rubber cigar, it was loaded it exploded BANG!
We two kings of orient are, smoking on a rubber cigar, it was loaded it exploded BANG!
I'm the king of orient are, smoking on a rubber cigar, it was loaded it exploded, BANG!

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legs Sparrow, USA

22 October 2014 at 8:53pm


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Bnnb, Greece

27 December 2012 at 2:04pm

i love this song and already now it

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Nyan Cat Or The Person Who Ate Your Egg Mcmuffin, United States

13 December 2012 at 3:28am

My dad made a different version 40 years ago, except with some differences: We three kings of Orient are, trying to smoke a rubber cigar, it was loaded and exploded- We two kings of Orient are, trying to smoke a rubber cigar, it was loaded and exploded- I'm the king of Orient are, trying to smoke a rubber cigar, it was loaded and exploded- Silent Night, Holy Night...

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Sabrina Vaz, United States

5 December 2012 at 7:46pm

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Angela Inportant Read, Angola

18 November 2012 at 4:25pm

yo peeps im back again and i want to tell you thnx 4 commentin it was awsum im gonna carry on making my own music its U whos makin me better thnx byeeee

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Bhallis, Bhutan

19 May 2012 at 12:23pm

oj when u write these messages it says wats 3+3 or 2+1 to ensure if were humans oh so wat were ALIENS huh huh crap!

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Rocyn, Philippines

4 January 2012 at 5:20am


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Jax, Canada

25 December 2011 at 4:29am

from dairy of a wimpy kid: we 3 trees from yonder glen do spy a maiden fair and sweet whilst we are rooted to our spots she doth move on her lighter feet

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Lol, Australia

16 December 2011 at 5:35pm


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E.c.c, United Kingdom

12 December 2011 at 7:17pm

my version: we three kings of orient are, one in booths and one in spar, one in an audi, it's so cloudy, i cant see the star!:) thank-you!

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Emma, United Kingdom

12 December 2011 at 3:50pm

I have to learn this song and perform it on sunday :S

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Cleopatra, Egypt

15 May 2011 at 1:59pm

i now its not crismas i relly like this song it majks me cry

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Abby, American Samoa

17 February 2011 at 11:46pm

I love to haere and sing this song.

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Immogen, Austria

26 January 2011 at 4:21am

Thanks guys

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Praveenth Croos, Sri Lanka

29 December 2010 at 2:11pm

the song is very sweetly and i like very much

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Kiria, Argentina

27 December 2010 at 3:51pm

guys your mad..OH HE IS SO CCCUTE

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I Ma Really Rebecca Not Coco, United States

24 December 2010 at 12:09am

i love Justin Bieber! v bbbdfbbedfiwe riweifweur but i do love this song

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Coco, United States

24 December 2010 at 12:05am

some people on here are grody

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Klaudia, Poland

23 December 2010 at 2:35pm

i love this song ! see ya

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Sophie, United Kingdom

12 December 2010 at 9:01am

love it but i dont get the last 1. I think your right Celia. It should go: We three kings of Albert Square Selling knickers, sixpence a pair It's fantastic! No elastic! Buy your gran a pair! (Albert Square is from popular UK soap, "Eastenders") Other version: We three kings of Orient are One in a bus and one in a car One on a scooter Blowing his hooter Following Ringo Starr (Member of popular 60's pop group "The Beatles") o starr wonder, star of might, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to the perfect light.

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