catalenamara (catalenamara) wrote,

Just because I’m weird...

I see that tomorrow is Epiphany. Now I have the hymn “We Three Kings” running through my head. Now I’m wondering if I’m the only person who thinks what a seriously pagan hymn this song is - not to mention the story in Matthew. The themes – the gold (kingship), the frankincense (divinity) and the myrrh (death) seem to fit in perfectly with the archetypal concept of the sacrificial king.

BTW, the kings sure didn’t have a clue as to good gifts for a baby....

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 light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.


Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshipping God on high.


Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.


Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies.

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