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The Story of the Other Wise Man

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke
By: (1852-1933)

You know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they travelled 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.

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THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN

BY

HENRY VAN DYKE

[Illustration: "IT IS THE SIGN" HE SAID]

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

THE SIGN IN THE SKY

BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

FOR THE SAKE OF A LITTLE CHILD

IN THE HIDDEN WAY OF SORROW

A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'IT IS THE SIGN,' HE SAID"

"HE CAUGHT IT UP AND READ"

"'THERE IS NONE HERE SAVE ME"'

"HE HEALED THE SICK"

"THE OLD MAN FOLLOWED THE MULTITUDE"

"THE OTHER WISE MAN HAD FOUND THE KING"

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 travelled 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... Continue reading book >>


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