wise magi of the east

the magi & their gifts — Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy
The Three Kings with Herod — SuperStock / Getty Images
The three kings present their gifts to Jesus Sandro Botticelli, “The Adoration of the Magi” (ca 1478)

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,

Gold I bring to crown Him again

Frankincense to offer have I,

incense owns a Deity nigh

Myrrh is mine,

its bitter perfume breathes

a life of gathering gloom.

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

sealed in the stone cold tomb.

depiction of the Biblical magi — Adoração dos Magos by Vicente Gil
Adoration of the Magi” painted by Giotto di Bondone (1266–1337)

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