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THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN

by HENRY VAN DYKE, published 1895, by HARPER & BROTHERS

Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul,

Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul,

May keep the path, but will not reach the goal;

While he who walks in love may wander far,

Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.

YOU know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they traveled from far away to offer their gifts at the manger-cradle in Bethlehem. But have you ever heard the story of the Other Wise Man, who also saw the star in its rising, and set out to follow it, yet did not arrive with his brethren in the presence of the young child Jesus? Of the great desire of this fourth pilgrim, and how it was denied, yet accomplished in the denial; of his many wanderings and the probations of his soul; of the long way of his seeking, and the strange way of his finding, the One whom he sought --- I would tell the tale as I have heard fragments of it in the Hall of Dreams, in the palace of the Heart of Man.

From The Story of the Other Wise Man by HENRY VAN DYKE, HARPER & BROTHERS published in 1895. Lightly updated to the language of the 21st century by D. N. Pham. (c) 2012