Six Hands at an Open Door Dicing for Pieces of Silver

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no information so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place, it was (you may say) satisfactory.

From The Journey of the Magi, T.S. Eliot.


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