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Hymns Of The Greek Church by John Brownlie

The wily Judas watches near

tr., John Brownlie


semeron gregorei ho Ioudas

(Antiphonon Echos barus)


ho autos


The wily Judas watches near

The Master's path to-day,

That he may into wicked hands

The Eternal Lord betray,

Who in the desert lone and dread

Supplied the multitudes with bread.


To-day the wicked one denies

His Teacher and his Friend --

Once a disciple, he betrays

His Master in the end.

For silver, see the Lord is sold,

Who manna gave in days of old.

To-day the Jews on Calvary

A cruel Cross have raised,

And nailed upon that Cross, their Lord

Have wickedly abased,

Who made a pathway through the sea

And led them from captivity.


To-day the spear is lifted high

And thrust into His side,

Who for His people raised His hand

And wounded Egypt's pride;

They give Him vinegar and gall,

Who showered down manna on them all.

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