Hymns And Homilies Of Ephraim The Syrian by Ephraim the Syrian
Hymn LXIV. O feeble ones, why weep ye, over your dead: who in death are at rest from sorrows and sins?--2
1. O feeble ones, why weep ye, over your dead: who in death are at rest from sorrows and sins? -- 2. R., Glory to Him Who endured all, for the sake of all men: yea tasted death for the sake of all, to bring all to life -- 3. I reveal unto you, that even Satan, though much content: at your weeping, yet laughs much, at your mourning. -- 4. In mockery he winks at me and nods to me, as a jester: |Come let us laugh at sinners, for lo! they are mad.| -- 5. Truly they have given up remembrance of that fire, which I have hidden for them: and lo! the fools are drunken with weeping, for their departed. -- 6. Instead of weeping as though, without provision: I had plundered and sent forth their dead, lo! they are mad. -- 7. The souls of the evil are to be afflicted, till the judgment day: and these weep over the graves, like to madmen. -- 8. They care not for their own sins, that haply to-morrow: they must go in shame of face, to join their dead. -- 9. And thus shall all be put to shame alike, family by family: in Sheol the wretches shall repent without avail. -- 10. Leave the drunken and the madman, until that day: wherein each shall shake off his wine wherewith he was maddened. -- 11. I will go to gather them, like children: that they may play the wanton and the madman, until they perish. -- 12. Lo! I have revealed to you the mystery, the secret of my comrade: go forth therefore, depart, amend, in repentance. -- 13. Leave me, I too will depart, I will see to my affairs: that with open face I may give my account to my Lord. -- 14. I know that the wind as it blew, has borne away my words: for ye are the same whom I, ofttimes have proved. -- 15. I remember Jeremiah how he, compared boldness: to the Indian who changes not his skin, though it is of freedom. -- 16. For this too belongs to it, even to freedom: that it binds itself by the will, as though by nature. -- 17. For so powerful is the will, in them that are free: that it may be likened to nature, through its workings.