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The Golden Carol
Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar were often referred to as the "Three Kings of Cologne" because of the belief that the Magi Kings of Christian tradition had been buried in Cologne Cathedral. There is a chapel dedicated to the three Kings of Cologne and built in around 1504, attached to John Foster's Almshouses in Bristol, England. The carol seems to date from around the same time, so I guess the Three Kings were particularly popular in England then.

There is another medieval carol which begins, "Now is Christmas ycome, Father and Son together in one," and which is sometimes described as "The Golden Carol," but it was probably sung to a different tune -- or if to this one, I know not how to fit the words to the tune.
Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne, Christmas Steps, Bristol, 1504. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
"The Adoration of the Magi," by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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