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Wise Men Seeking Jesus
“Wise Men Seeking Jesus” was written by Richard Slater; popularly known as the 'Father of Salvation Army Music'. Slater (1854-1939) worked in the Army's Musical Department from 1883 until his retirement in 1913. His detailed hand-written diaries reveal new information about his background before he became a Salvationist at the age of 28. He then worked as the principal Salvationist composer, arranger and musical editor of the period and had contact with William Booth, the Army's Founder, who rejoiced in 'robbing the devil of his choice tunes'; George Bernard Shaw who wrote a penetrating critique of a band festival in 1905; and Eric Ball who was to become one of the Army's finest composers.
The melody is an older Normandy carol of unknown origin.
Lyrics by Richard Slater
When wise men came seeking for
Jesus from far,
Though laid in a manger, he came
from a throne,