The second witnesses of this Miracle [of Christ… his Nativitie] are the Wise-Men. After God had laid open the Treasure of his Divine Secrets to Idiots [the Shepheards… rusticall Swaines], He shewes them also to the Wise. It seemes the Earth, at this time, was become the Booke of Gods greatest Mysteries, and Heaven the Index. In this they finde the Star of this King of the Iewes, which (having beene before the declarer of his Nativity) they now make their guide in their journey. The Starre performing this duty to its Creator, at length brings them to Bethlem, where they view Him in the Cratch, Whose Nativity before they had found in the Heavens. To Him they doe Homage, tender Adoration, and pay Tribute; and opening their Treasures, make him an Oblation of Gold, Incense, and Mirrhe. Whom before they had in vaine sought in the Heavens, they now finde on the Earth; and in the most sorded part of it, a Stable, full of severall stinkes; where He (to Whom none are worthy to be servants) had two dull Beasts for His Companions.
“ Returne now you Sonnes of Wisedome to your owne home, by much more learned, by more than much more happy than when you set out. Heaven is now set open to you, which before your unbeliefe kept shut against you. If you be Chaldeans or Persians, or both, spreade through those Nations the fame of that which you have seene. Publish in all places this the greatest Mystery of Piety, which God is onely able to produce, onely Faith can apprehend. Of all Creatures to man onely belongs the gift of Reason, by the rule whereof he measures all things. But doe not you doe so, lest you fall not onely into an irreparable, but a damnable errour. Follow you the instruction of Faith, and where ere you come with a holy Pride, proclaime that God is manifested in the Flesh; justified in the Spirit; seene by Angels; reveal’d to Shepheards; found out, and ador’d, by you your selves; and hereafter to be assum’d, and to sit in Glory farre above those Starres you daily read. Goe, and give out that there is nothing greater in Heaven, than what you have found in a Stable.
— Anthony Stafford, The Femall Glory: or, the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1635), “Her Delivery”, pages 108-9