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Magi Motivation

First Wise Man:
To discover how to be truthful now
Is the reason I follow this star.
Second Wise Man:
To discover how to be living now
Is the reason I follow this star.
Third Wise Man:
To discover how to be loving now
Is the reason I follow this star.
The Three Wise Men:
To discover how to be human now
Is the reason we follow this star.

- From "For the Time Being," in The Collected Poetry of W. H. Auden (New York: Random House, 1945), pp. 429-31.
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