Carol for today

As the church celebrates the Epiphany (or the “Day of Three Kings” as it is known in some countries, including the Czech Republic) according to the Gregorian calendar, here’s another version of the carol of the

 Three Kings of Orient:

We are freaks who follow the stars,
Pleiades, Neptune, Venus and Mars;
Men and women, dressed in linen,
Peddling our lucky charms… O
 
We have seen a bright new star,
Traced its track and travelled far;
From the East we’ve journeyed westwards –
Seeking out a baby rare!
 
We bring gold, a currency true,
All our wealth we offer to you;
Born in need, you have no greed,
But offer us values new… O
 
We have incense, sparking red,
Used by us to summon the dear;
Young life new, you bring life true,
Just as Zoroaster said… O
 
We are healers of a sort,
Myrrh we use as last resort;
Ease our pain, remove the strain,
Sure healer of mind and heart… O
 
You are brighter than a star,
Swarthy skin with smile so fair;
From the edge we make our pledge,
“You’ll find us waiting there”… O

 John Henson, “Christmas Carol.” Other Communions of Jesus: Eating and Drinking the Good News Way!  Winchester/New York: O Books, 2006)

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