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Christmas in Legend and Story by  Elva S. Smith
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THE THREE KINGS OF COLOGNE

EUGENE FIELD

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From out Cologne there came three kings

To worship Jesus Christ, their King.

To Him they sought fine herbs they brought,

And many a beauteous golden thing;

They brought their gifts to Bethlehem town,

And in that manger set them down.


Then spake the first king, and he said:

"O Child, most heavenly, bright, and fair!

I bring this crown to Bethlehem town.

For Thee, and only Thee, to wear;

So give a heavenly crown to me

When I shall come at last to Thee!"


The second, then. "I bring Thee here

This royal robe, O Child!" he cried;

"Of silk 'tis spun, and such an one

There is not in the world beside;

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So in the day of doom requite

Me with a heavenly robe of white!"


The third king gave his gift, and quoth:

"Spikenard and myrrh to Thee I bring,

And with these twain would I most fain

Anoint the body of my King;

So may their incense sometime rise

To plead for me in yonder skies!"


Thus spake the three kings of Cologne,

That gave their gifts and went their way;

And now kneel I in prayer hard by

The cradle of the Child to-day;

Nor crown, nor robe, nor spice I bring

As offering unto Christ, my King.


Yet have I brought a gift the Child

May not despise, however small;

For here I lay my heart to-day,

And it is full of love to all.

Take Thou the poor but loyal thing,

My only tribute, Christ, my King!


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