They Came Bearing Gifts – A song for Epiphany

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Original song written a few years back for Epiphany purposely trying to weave Herod and the slaughter of the innocents into the typical narrative of magi, gifts, and the “manger” scene.

They Came Bearing Gifts
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1. It was the star that brought them far

through many leagues of doubts.

to leave their homes to leave their kingdoms

to worship a king they sought.

REFRAIN:

They came bearing gifts,
They came with the joy of the nations!
They came bearing wonder,
They came for the hope of salvation.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, all is calm tonight.
Hallelujah, Hallelu the star reflects his light.
The star reflects His light.

2. It was to Herod that first they went

Inquiring of this King.

But leaving by a diff’rent way

In joy gave hastening.

3. Herod with fear enjoined the priests

Where should the Christ be born.

O little town of Bethlehem

A savior greets the morn.

4. Tribute they gave to a little babe

This manger scene behold.

To Bethlehem a newborn king

Myrrh, frankincense and gold.

5. Oh troubled city of David’s birth

Your infant tears are heard.

The little joy of Israel

will soon return unfurled.

6. Star in the East a heav’nly feast

of life and light and love.

The long awaited, now at hand

God come as humble man.

Words and Music: Bruce Benedict, 2005 © Cardiphonia Music

One thought on “They Came Bearing Gifts – A song for Epiphany

  1. I have a friend who bemoans the sentimentality of most Christmas carols. He says, “all is not calm and bright–what about the slaughter of the innocents?!” He, by the way, isn’t employed in an actual congregation. In any case, he’d be proud.

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