As Jonah, Issuing From His Three Days' Tomb
Ode VI, Canon for Christmas Day
St. Cosmas of Jerusalem, the Melodist (A. D. 760)
As Jonah, issuing from his three daysí
At length was cast, uninjured, on the earth;
So, from the Virginís unpolluted womb
The Incarnate WORD, That dwelt there, had His Birth:
For He, Who knew no taint of mortal stain,
Willed that His Mother spotless should remain.
CHRIST comes, Incarnate GOD, amongst
Begotten of the FATHER ere the day:
And He, to Whom the sinless legions bow,
Lies cradled, Ďmidst unconscious beasts on hay:
And, by His homely swaddling-bands girt in,
Looses the many fetters of our sin.
Now the New Child of Adamís race draws
To us, the faithful, given: This, this is He
That shall the Father of Eternity,
The Angel of the Mighty Counsel, be:
This the eternal GOD, by Whose strong hands
The fabric of the world supported stands.
Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D., Hymns of the Eastern Church. Fourth Edition. (London: J. T. Hayes, 1882), edited by Very Rev. Stephen Georgeson Hatherly, Mus. B., Archpriest of the Patriarchal ∆cumenical Throne.
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