When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.@Matthew 2:1-2
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Journey of the Magi
James J. J. Tissot (1836-1902)

Franklin E. Belden, in Pearly Portals, edited by D. S. Hakes (Boston, Massachusetts: G. D. Russell, 1882), number 134.

D. S. Hakes (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Franklin E. Belden
(1858-1945)

Afar from the East the wise men came,
To seek the infant King;
To honor the Savior of mankind,
And grateful offerings bring.
Across the plains of Palestine,
Directed by the star,
They came to bless and worship Him,
Three wise men from afar.

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Afar in the East the news is heard
Of Christ, a Savior, born;
And o’er the world the glory breaks
Of glad redemption’s morn.

Beyond where the mighty rivers flow,
In Persian land they were;
They knew of the time He should appear,
And bring Him gifts of myrrh.
With joy they hail the welcome rays,
Which kindly guided them;
And lo! the star that went before
Stood over Bethlehem.

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They found Him in lowly manger laid,
Tho’ he was royal, fair;
There never was prince so meanly clad,
Yet angels bright were there.
And then abroad the tidings flew,
O’er land and over sea,
And all mankind have heard the news
Salvation, full and free.

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