Thursday, January 04, 2007

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 11

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640.

"Shall we then yield him, in costly devotion,
odors of Edom and offerings divine,
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?

"Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favor secure,
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor."

(from "Brightest and Best," Reginald Heber (alt.)

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