Mendelssohn took the title and part of the text from the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapter 24, verse 17: "I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall crush the forehead of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth." This passage is said to prophesy the star leading the Magi to Bethlehem. (Or, cynics might say, is the passage that inspired early Christians to add the story of the Magi to the nativity story so as to bolster their claim that Jesus was the Christ.) Hence, this attractive stylized portrait of the Magi, which really shouldn't be appearing now, but after Christmas, approaching the Epiphany. However, so what. It's a cool card and a cool song so you're getting it now.
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