• The Three Kings

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    Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    Baltasar

    “Of the child that is born,”

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    said Baltasar,

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    Baltasar

    “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.”

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    And the people answered,

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    People

    “You ask in vain;

  • We know of no King but Herod the Great!”

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    They thought the Wise Men were men insane, As they spurred their horses across the plain, Like riders in haste, who cannot wait.

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  • And when they came to Jerusalem, Herod the Great, who had heard this thing, Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them;

  • And said,

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    Herod

    “Go down unto Bethlehem, And bring me tidings of this new king.”

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    So they rode away;

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