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The Little Book of the

flocks with a great strong joy in their souls.

The people of the city of David heed not.

It is, as it were, nothing to them that the Son of David, David's Lord, is born amongst them: that God, the eternal Word, has become flesh, and dwells amongst them.

The thoughts and cares and short-lived joys of this world fill their hearts.

Now behold a strange sight to make one wonder.

Over the place where the young Child lies there shines a star of mild bright ray in the mid air.

Around the door of the rude abode stand the camels and servants and horses of the rich and great.

Three wise men, grave and noble to behold, have alighted.

Three Kings from the far-off East, bearing rich and costly presents.