Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar.
Three Wise Men out of the East were they, and they travelled by night and they slept by day, for their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.
The star was so beautiful, large and clear, that all the other stars of the sky became a white mist in the atmosphere, And by this they knew that the coming was near of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.
Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows, three caskets of gold with golden keys;
their robes were of crimson silk with rows of bells and pomegranates and furbelows, their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.
And so the Three Kings rode into the West, through the dusk of the night, over hill and dell.
And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast, And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest, With the people they met at some wayside well.
“Of the child that is born,”
“Good people, I pray you, tell us the news;
For we in the East have seen his star, And have ridden fast, and have ridden far, To find and worship the King of the Jews.”
And the people answered,
“You ask in vain;
We know of no King but Herod the Great!”
They thought the Wise Men were men insane, As they spurred their horses across the plain, Like riders in haste, who cannot wait.
And when they came to Jerusalem, Herod the Great, who had heard this thing, Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them;
“Go down unto Bethlehem, And bring me tidings of this new king.”
So they rode away;
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