The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Polyeleos

Psalms CXXXV, CXXXVI

For inclusion in the Office of Christmas Day By St. Cosmas.

Both Translations are from the Thompson Translation of the Septuagint Version of the Holy Bible, Which is in the Public Domain.

Charles Thompson, The Old Covenant Commonly Called The Old Testament; Translated from The Septuagint. Vol. II. A New Edition by S. F. Pells. (London: Skeffington & Son, 1904).
 

Psalm CXXXV.

Psalm 135

An Alleluia.

1 PRAISE the name of the Lord—praise the Lord, 2 ye his servants, who wait in the house of the Lord—in the courts of the house of our God. 3 Praise the Lord ; for the Lord is good; with instruments of musick praise his name ; for it is good. 4 For the Lord hath made choice of Jacob for himself—of Israel for his peculiar treasure. 5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all the Gods. 6 All that the Lord pleased he hath done in heaven and on earth : in the seas and in all the deeps. 7 When he brought clouds from the end of the earth ; he made lightnings for the purpose of rain. 8 He it is who bringeth winds out of his treasuries : who smote the first born of Egypt—the first born both of man and beast. 9 Amidst thee, Egypt, he sent his signs and wonders, on Pharao and on all his servants. 10 It was he who smote many nations; and slew kings of mighty power —11 Seon king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Basan, and all the kingdoms of Chanaan ; 12 and gave their land for an inheritance—for an inheritance for his people Israel. 13 O Lord, thy name is forever, and the memorial of thee to all generations ; 14 for the Lord will judge his people, and take comfort in his servants. 15 The idols of the nations are gold and silver—the workmanship of men's hands. 16 They have a mouth, but cannot speak : eyes they have, but they cannot see ; 17 they have ears, but they cannot hear ; nor is there any breath in their mouth. 18 May they who make them be like them ; and all they who have trusted in them. 19 O house of Israel, bless ye the Lord : bless the Lord ye of the house of Aaron. 20 House of Levi, bless ye the Lord; bless him, ye who fear the Lord. 21 Blessed be the Lord in Sion—he who inhabiteth Jerusalem.

Psalm CXXXVI.

Psalm 136

An Alleluia.

1 GIVE thanks to the Lord for he is good ;
               for his mercy endureth forever.

2 O, give thanks to the God of Gods,
               for his mercy endureth forever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of Lords ;
               for his mercy endureth forever.

4 To him who alone hath done great wonders;
               for his mercy endureth forever —

5 to him who made the heavens with wisdom :
               for his mercy endureth forever—

6 to him who established the earth on the waters :
               for his mercy endureth forever —

7 to him who alone made the great lights:
               for his mercy endureth forever —

8 the sun to rule the day :
               for his mercy endureth forever—

9 the moon and the stars to rule the night ;
               for his mercy endureth forever — 

10 to him who smote Egypt with their first born ;
               for his mercy endureth for ever;

11 and brought out Israel from among them ;
               for his mercy endureth forever :

12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm;
               for his mercy endureth forever —

13 to him who divided the Red sea into parts ;
               for his mercy endureth forever.

14 And led Israel through the midst thereof :
               for his mercy endureth forever:

15 but shook off Pharao and his hosts into the Red sea;
               for his mercy endureth forever: —

16 to him, who led his people through the desert ;
               for his mercy endureth forever —

17 to him who smote great kings ;
               for his mercy endureth forever :

18 and slew kings of mighty power :
               for his mercy endureth forever. —

19 Seon king of the Amorites ;
               for his mercy endureth forever ;

20 And Og the king of Basan;
               for his mercy endureth forever:

21 and gave their land for an inheritance ;
               for his mercy endureth for ever :

22 an inheritance for Israel his servant ;
               for his mercy endureth forever :

23 because in our affliction the Lord remembered us ;
               for his mercy endureth forever ;

24 and redeemed us from our enemies ;
               for his mercy endureth forever.

25 He it is who giveth food to all flesh :
               for his mercy endureth forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven :
               for to everlasting his mercy endureth.

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