The stable of the Inn. The VIRGIN and CHILD. Three Gypsy Kings, GASPAR, MELCHIOR, and BELSHAZZAR, shall come in.HAIL to thee, Jesus of Nazareth!
|Though in a manger thou draw breath,|
|Thou art greater than Life and Death,|
| Greater than Joy or Woe!|
|This cross upon the line of life|| 5|
|Portendeth struggle, toil, and strife,|
|And through a region with peril rife|
| In darkness shalt thou go!|
MELCHIOR.Hail to thee, King of Jerusalem!
|Though humbly born in Bethlehem,|| 10|
|A sceptre and a diadem|
| Await thy brow and hand!|
|The sceptre is a simple reed,|
|The crown will make thy temples bleed,|
|And in thine hour of greatest need,|| 15|
| Abashed thy subjects stand!|
BELSHAZZAR.Hail to thee, Christ of Christendom!
|Oer all the earth thy kingdom come!|
|From distant Trebizond to Rome|
| Thy name shall men adore!|| 20|
|Peace and good-will among all men,|
|The Virgin has returned again,|
|Returned the old Saturnian reign|
| And Golden Age once more.|
THE CHILD CHRIST.Jesus, the Son of God, am I,
|Born here to suffer and to die|
|According to the prophecy,|
| That other men may live!|
THE VIRGIN.And now these clothes, that wrapped Him, take
|And keep them precious, for his sake;|| 30|
|Our benediction thus we make,|
| Naught else have we to give.|
She gives them swaddling-clothes, and they depart.