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The kings of the east are riding
This text was written by the poet Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), who is best known as the author of "America the beautiful." The daughter of a New England Congregationalist minister, she became an English Professor at Wellesley College and lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her partner and fellow poet and English Professor, Katherine Coman (1857-1915). Her poem "The kings of the east are riding", which was first published in 1906 in McBride's Magazine, is remarkable for the way its repetitions evoke the long journey of the Three Kings, much in the same way as Les Mages from Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur. The tune is by Clarence G. Hamilton (1865-1935), who was a Professor of Music at Wellesley College, and it is first paired with the text in The Wellesley Song Book (1915).

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Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), shown at the age of 21 in 1880, when she graduated from Wellesley College. Following her graduation she spent a year studying at Oxford University, possibly the first American woman ever to do so
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