The last section of the Stainer extended anthem I Desired Wisdom. A wonderful setting with TBB solos (the three kings) and ending with a great festival choral verse of "O Come All Ye Faithful." Suitable for Lessons and Carols or the Feast of the Epiphany. Organ accompaniment.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king,
behold, there came wise men from the East unto Jerusalem, saying,
Where is He, born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star, and are come to worship Him. And lo! The star, which they saw in the East, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was, and when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Hallelujah.
Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation,
Sing all ye citizens of heav'n above,
Glory to God, glory in the highest,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11; John Francis Wade