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The Story of the Other Wise Man

Henry Van Dyke

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You know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they traveled from far away to offer their gifts at the manger-cradle in Bethlehem. But have you ever heard the story of the Other Wise Man, who also saw the star in its rising, and set out to follow it, yet did not arrive with his brethren in the presence of the young child Jesus? Of the great desire of this fourth pilgrim, and how it was denied, yet accomplished in the denial; of his many wanderings and the probations of his soul; of the long way of his seeking, and the strange way of his finding, the One whom he sought—I would tell the tale as I have heard fragments of it in the Hall of Dreams, in the palace of the Heart of Man. (Summary written by Henry van Dyke.)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The fire rose with the chant, throbbing as if it were made of musical flame, until it cast a bright illumination through the whole apartment, revealing its simplicity and splendor.

The floor was laid with tiles of dark blue veined with white; pilasters of twisted silver stood out against the blue walls; the clearstory of round-arched windows above them was hung with azure silk; the vaulted ceiling was a pavement of sapphires, like the body of heaven in its clearness, sown with silver stars. From the four corners of the roof hung four golden magic-wheels, called the tongues of the gods. At the eastern end, behind the altar, there were two dark-red pillars of porphyry; above them a lintel of the same stone, on which was carved the figure of a winged archer, with his arrow set to the string and his bow drawn.

The doorway between the pillars, which opened upon the terrace of the roof, was covered with a heavy curtain of the color of a ripe pomegranate, embroidered w. . . Read More

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The Story of the Other Wise Man, Henry Van Dyke
The Other Wise Man is a short novel or long short story by Henry van Dyke. It was initially published in 1895 and has been reprinted many times since then. The story is an addition and expansion of the account of the Biblical Magi, recounted in the...more

و الحال اين سه چيز باقی است، يعنی ايمان و اميد و محبت. اما بزرگترین اينها محبت است. اول قرنتیان 13:13
درباره داستان

بنابر روایت عهد جدید، پیش از تولد مسیح، ستاره ای درخشان در آسمان ظاهر شد. درخشش ستاره بنظر مجوسیان و مغان ستاره شناس سرزمین پارس عجیب و غیرعادی آمد و سه تن از آنها که به پیشگویی های...more

‘What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him... give my heart.’ - Christina Rossetti

The Story of The Other Wise Man brought to mind the last stanza of a Christmas carol (‘In the Bleak Midwinter...more

I had forgotten how moving and perfect this short story was. It encapsulates Christmas and all of its original meaning, and it reminds us without doubt that we are meant to worship through service to others.

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4.5 stars

I have been fortunate this year in that I have found some wonderfully satisfying short stories that in their brevity still deliver such powerful messages. This is true for The Story of the Other Wise Man, written more than a century ago by Henry Van Dyke. Van Dyke tells the reader that h...more

داستان سه خردمند ایرانی که از طریق ستاره شناسی و پیش گویی انبیای پیشین دریافتند که کودکی(عیسی مسیح) از قوم بنی اسرائیل به دنیا آمده و پس از روئیت ستاره مشرق به سمت اورشلیم حرکت کردند،در فرهنگ مسیحیت بسیار معروف است.
کتاب "آن خردمند دیگر"داستان خیالی چهارمین خردمند ایرانی است که قصد پیوستن به آن س...more

The Other Wise Man is a wonderful story. It is written in a beautiful and simple style. I only had to run to the dictionary once (am I the only one out there who has never come across the word “jerboa” before?)

It is sweet, it is beautiful. It’s the kind of book you want to own, not just borrow fr...more

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