O'er the hill and o'er the vale (Anonymous)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: arr. George Ratcliffe Woodward

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Title: O'er the Hill and O'er the Vale
Composer: Anonymous, from Piae Cantiones
Lyricist: John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1902 in The Cowley Carol Book.

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Original text and translations

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1.
O'er the hill and o'er the vale
Come three kings together,
Caring nought for snow and hail,
Cold, and wind, and weather;
Now on Persia's sandy plains,
Now where Tigris swells with rains,
They their camels tether;
Now through Syrian lands they go,
Now through Moab, faint and slow,
Now through Edom's heather.

2.
O'er the hill and o'er the vale,
Each king bears a present:
Wise men go a Child to hail,
Monarchs seek a peasant;
And a star in front proceeds,
Over rocks and rivers leads,
Shines with beams incessant.
Therefore onward, onward still!
Ford the stream and climb the hills:
Love makes all things pleasant.

3.
He is God ye go to meet;
Therefore incense proffer.
He is King ye go to greet:
Gold is in your coffer.
Also Man He comes to share
Every woe that man can bear.
Tempter, Railer, Scoffer;
Therefore now against the day,
In the grave where Him they lay,
Myrrh ye also offer.