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Hymns And Homilies Of Ephraim The Syrian by Ephraim the Syrian

Hymn LXI. In wisdom let us hearken to Death, O my beloved: how he accuses us for our weeping, and for our mourning

1. In wisdom let us hearken to Death, O my beloved: how he accuses us for our weeping, and for our mourning. -- 2. R., To thee be praise Who cameth down, to follow Adam: and foundest Adam and also in the children of Adam. -- 3. And rightly perhaps he says, |Ye slay: without mercy and lo! ye weep, as though merciful.| -- 4. Ye have made me as a cruel one, O ye murderers: for ye slay one another, without my help! -- 5. While Death was but desiring to come, the sword came before him: let us see then against whom cries out, the blood of the slain. -- 6. Against you cry out the strangled, who were suffocated: for it shames me of the rope, of their strangulations. -- 7. They take away from me even my rest, for without me: how could the strangled and the slain, enter Sheol? -- 8. Lo! your infants are cast out, as those in Egypt: your sons have ye sacrificed to demons, O demoniacs! -- 9. While Death was but desiring to taste, of your corpses: Cain refreshed me beforehand, with blood of man. -- 10. While I was but desiring to wait patiently, till Adam should die: before I had power ye gave me power, over your bodies. -- 11. Cain with his sword overthrew, the gate of Sheol: for it was closed and before the time, he first opened it. -- 12. He by treading made the way of Sheol, without my help: for in the way ye have trodden out for me, lo! I walk therein. -- 13. Nine hundred years I sat and waited, for Adam to die: but Cain not even a day, endured his brother. -- 14. Robbers upon the highways, are worse than I: I am slumbering while they, are watching to slay. -- 15. Lo! your slaughtered in the graves, and your murdered in your ways; and your strangled upon your stakes! -- 16. |If I rebelled against my lord, yea and slew him: who was he that slew these here,| said Jehu. -- 17. And if I Death have taken, your departed: the strangled, the slain, and the slaughtered, who was it slew them? -- 18. Ye are Satan to each other, and the Evil One is abhorred: ye are pestilence to each other, and Death is blamed! -- 19. Your own will to you is Satan, yea and a murderer: but of Death and of Satan, all men complain. -- 20. Poison of Death ye give also to drink, each to other: lo! how many Deaths have ye, beside me. -- 21. Wiles, stratagems, yea and snares, sword and poison: how many Deaths from you and in you, lo! are there born. -- 22. The judge in the judgment-hall, is a second Death: he slays for secret reward, but I for naught. -- 23. I have seen bribery and marvelled at it, that ran and outran me: how many slain does bribery, slay, and none perceives! -- 24. I am ashamed that so unskilfully, I conduct myself: if I take even one corpse, all men perceive it. -- 25. In the houses weeping and in the streets, also wailing: and even unto the gates of Sheol, they groan over me. -- 26. Groan over yourselves that ye are thus hateful, and ye hate me: Sheol henceforth shall groan over you, O murderers! -- 27. With torture, scourging and fire, yea with stoning: ye put to death the sons of men, and ye are proud! -- 28. I am more modest than you and merciful, also reverent: for with reverence I bear away, your departed. -- 29. On the bed I deal gently, with him that is sick: and quietly I lay him to sleep, for but a while.
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