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Hymns Of The Eastern Church by John Mason Neale

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of troparia, preceded by their Hirmos,
sometimes merely quoted by its initial words, sometimes given at length, and with inverted commas, is an Ode.

Let the Hirmos, be as before --

|With my lips have I,| &c.

and the Ode might follow thus: --

Hirmos.

|With my lips have I been telling: of all the judgments of Thy mouth.

|Let us break their bonds asunder: and cast away their cords from us.

|I am weary of my groaning: and every night I wash my bed.

|For he lieth waiting secret: ly as a lion in his den.

|I am poured out like water: and all my bones are out of joint.|

Glory.

|I will talk of thy commandments: and have respect unto thy ways.|

Both now.

And let this be most carefully observed: an Ode is simply a Sequence under somewhat different laws. Just when the Greek system of ecclesiastical poetry was fully developed, S. Notker and the Monks of S. Gall hit out a similar one for the Latin Church: the Sequence or the Prose. It was not copied from the East, for we have S. Notker's own account of the way in which he invented it. It prospered to a certain extent; that is, it became one, though the least important, branch of Ecclesiastical verses.

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