'Thou marveledst at that which befell theeC* yet there betided the Kings of the Chosroes before thee greater mishaps and more grievous than that which hath befallen thee; and indeed I have set forth unto thee that which happened to caliphs and kings and othersC* but the relation is longsome
and harkening growth tedious, and in this is all-sufficient warning for the man of wits and admonishment for the wise.' -- from The Thousand and One Nights
The Old English poet describes the Lord's coming in his dedicatory "Advent" poem "To Jesus Christ": [T]hat was a secret mystery of the Lord, all a ghostly grace, earth's region it pervaded; there many things became enlighten'd with longsome
lore, through life's Author, which ere in darkness had hidden lain, the oracles of prophets, when the Powerful came, he who of every speech the course enlargeth, of those who adequately the Creator's name, through prudent nature will praise.