They did not travel in an airplane. They did not travel by car. They did not travel on a streamline train. They traveled on foot from afar. They traveled on foot from afar. They did not seek for a fine hotel, They did not seek an inn, They did not seek a bright motel, They sought a cattle bin. They sought a cattle bin. Who were these travelers on the road? And where were they going? And why? They were Three Wise Men who came from the East, And they followed a star in the sky, A star in the sky. What did they find when they got to the barn? What did they find near the stall? What did they find on a pallet of straw? They found there the Lord of all! They found the Lord of all!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "On a pallet of straw", from The Crisis 65(10), p. 614, first published 1958 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Jan Meyerowitz (1913 - 1998), "On a pallet of straw", published 1954 [ soprano, SSAA chorus, and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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