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The Gift


1. Whenever we tell of the birth of Our Lord
Whenever we think of that time,
We tell of the strangers who came from afar
Who follow'd after a bright guiding Star
Who follow'd after the Star.

The gold which they brought showed this Child is a King
And 'incense that He is God's Son.
The scent of the myrrh tells of sacrifice,
Of debts paid and forgiveness won
By God's Gift - His Wonderful Son!

2. They look'd for Him first in the courts of the king
Where Herod heard them in great fear.
No Child was there found in the palaces grand.
They follow'd after the bright guiding Star
They follow'd after the Star.

The gold which they brought showed this Child is a King
And 'incense that He is God's Son.
The scent of the myrrh tells of sacrifice,
Of debts paid and forgiveness won
By God's Gift - His Wonderful Son!

3. The Star guided them on to Bethlehem town
And shone on a stable nearby.
The end of their search was the Wonderful Child.
They offer'd gifts they had brought from afar
When guided there by that Star.

The gold which they brought showed this Child is a King
And 'incense that He is God's Son.
The scent of the myrrh tells of sacrifice,
Of debts paid and forgiveness won
By God's Gift - His Wonderful Son!

4. We give gifts at Christmas and think of those men
Who brought their three gifts to the Child.
They travell'd in faith knowing God's Son would come,
Their journey end and they would return home.
They trusted that guiding Star.

The gold which they brought showed this Child is a King
And 'incense that He is God's Son.
The scent of the myrrh tells of sacrifice,
Of debts paid and forgiveness won
By God's Gift - His Wonderful Son!

Copyright (c) Elizabeth & John Tolson 1999

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Background

Surely the most mysterious figures in the Christmas story
are the Wise Men, the Magi. Who were they exactly?
Were they wise men, astronomers?
Or were they really kings?
Where did they come from? What happened to them afterwards?
How many of them were there?

We have no firm answers to any of these questions.
All we know about them is in the passage in Matthew's Gospel
where it tells how they were searching for a King so that they could worship Him
and offer Him those three all important gifts which underlined
the full significance of Jesus's birth.
We, know too, that:
"The star which they had seen in the East went ahead
of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was".


In a way it is surprising that there have not been more carols and songs written
about them - and John has always been dissatisfied with those that were!
This year Elizabeth took pity on him and wrote these words
to one of John's plaintive minor key melodies.
The starting point for this song was the stanza that now has the words
"The scent of the myrrh tells of sacrifice"
and from there the song took shape.

The wise men were the first to make a long journey to find the Christ Child.
Many have followed in their footsteps and made their own journeys since!

"Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews?
We saw His Star in the East and have come to worship Him".

Matthew 2:2
21st June 1999



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