SATB and organ, with optional percussion (hand drum and finger cymbals). Based on the hymn-tune Chartres. Text by CF Alexander. Marchlike, with an effective Persian-sounding, snakey organ accompaniment. FUN! Also available for 2-part choir.
Recording courtesy of the Choir of St. Luke's Episcopal Chuch, Longbeach, CA
Saw you never, in the twilight, When the sun had left the skies,
Up in heav'n the clear stars shining Through the gloom, like silver eyes?
So of old the wise men, watching, Saw a little stranger star,
And they knew the King was given, And they followed from afar.
Heard you never of the story How they crossed the desert wild,
Journey'd on by plain and mountain, Till they found the Holy Child?
How they opened all their treasure, Kneeling to that infant King;
Gave the gold and fragrant incense, Gave the Myrrh in offering?
Know ye not that lowly baby Was the bright and morning Star?
He who came to light the Gentiles, and the darkened isles afar?
And we, too, may seek his cradle; there our hearts' best treasures bring;
Love, and faith, and true devotion For our Savior, God and King.