Editor’s note: Over the course of this week, in celebration of Epiphany, we will be publishing a series of poems on the Magi by Bishop Graham Kings, originally included in Andrew Wheeler’s Desire of Nations: The Magi, their Journey and the Child (2015).






Through centuries

From the beginning,

Magi pondered and travelled;

offered and worshipped.


For the record,

Matthew collected taxes and stories;

scribed and described.


In the sermon,

Lancelot Andrewes translated and prayed;

preached for the King.


Through the poem,

T S Eliot essayed and imagined;

journeyed to Christ.

Bishop Graham Kings’s other posts may be found here. The featured image is James Tissot’s Journey of the Magi (1894). It is licensed under Creative Commons. 

About The Author

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings (@GrahamRKings) is honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Ely.

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