The Wise

A lovely poem by the wonderful scholar Richard Bauckham:

The Magi return to their own country by another way

They at least – the austere ones, the gurus with the abstracted eyes, on the one unrepeatable journey –

They at least – the heaven staring – the intent traversers of night,
on the journey into particularity –

They at least – the wonderers,
the significant faces
prone and denoted on the stable floor –

They at least for all their ancient wisdom did not betray him.

REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn-348335

Adoration of the Magi, Hendrick Jansz ter Brugghent,1619


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