Excerpt from How They Came to Bethlehem One of the Wise Men drew near as she rose and lifted the jar to her shoulder. Peace to thee, my daughter! And to thee, my father, she replied; but her voice was dull as lead, and her eyes as she looked at him were clouded as if they saw t, and red as if they were ever weeping. Is thy heart heavy? My heart is very heavy, O Wise Man; and the light of mine eyes is gone out. My husband hath died, and my little one hath died, and the home is empty, and there is joy in life. Then spoke the Wise Man cheerily: We go to find the King who giveth joy, my daughter. We have seen his star at its rising. He shall lighten all hearts. Come thou with us and find him. A spark of hope gleamed for a moment in the woman's eyes. Can he give me back mine own? she asked with hungry voice; and the Wise Man said, It may well be. Thine own are in his hand. Come thou and discover. And the lonely woman laid her water-jar down at the root of a tree and said, I will go. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.