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Hymns Of The Eastern Church by John Mason Neale


These Stanzas, which strike me as very sweet, are not in all the editions of the Octoechus.


Stephen the Sabaite (725-794)

kopon te kai kamaton.

Art thou weary, art thou languid,

Art thou sore distrest?

|Come to me| -- saith One -- |and coming,

Be at rest!|

Hath He marks to lead me to Him,

If He be my Guide?

|In His Feet and Hands are Wound-prints,

And His Side.|

Is there Diadem, as Monarch,

That His Brow adorns?

|Yea, a Crown, in very surety,

But of Thorns!|

If I find Him, if I follow,

What His guerdon here?

|Many a sorrow, many a labour,

Many a tear.|

If I still hold closely to Him,

What hath He at last?

|Sorrow vanquished, labour ended,

Jordan past!|

If I ask Him to receive me,

Will He say me nay?

|Not till earth, and not till Heaven

Pass away!|

Finding, following, keeping, struggling,

Is He sure to bless?

|Angels, Martyrs, Prophets, Virgins,

Answer, Yes!|

[No.4. in Mr. Sedding's book: also No.4. in H. E. C. Both very sweet melodies; -- but that in H. E. C., which gives a different version of the 4th line throughout, is, to my mind, singularly touching.]

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