Bethlehem Hath Opened Eden
Words: Τήν Έδέμ
Βηδλεέμ ήνοιξε, δεύτε ίδωμεν
A Poem of S. Romanus the Melodist, VI Century.
Translation by William Chatterton Dix
Music: Not Stated
Source: Rev. Orby Shipley, ed., Lyra Messianica: Hymns and Verses on the Life of Christ (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864), p. 102.
1. Bethlehem hath opened Eden,
Come! let us behold:
Sweetness we have found, once hidden,
Pearl of Price untold;
Gifts of Paradise, all precious,
Stored within the Cave refresh us.
2. There th' unwatered Root appearing
Blooms in Pardon free;
Christians enter, nothing fearing,
And the Wonder see:
There the undug Well behold
David thirsted for of old.
3. Now the Maid her Infant bearing
Hasten we to greet;
He ere worlds the Godhead sharing,
Little Child so sweet,
Born within this lowly place,
Stays the thirst of Adam's race.
Also found in Bernhard Pick, ed., Hymns and Poetry of the Eastern Church (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1908), pp. 131-132. Mr. Pick also had this biographical note concerning Romanus:
Romanus, deacon in Berytus, afterward priest in Constantinople, was one of the most original and fruitful among the older poets. There is a difference of opinion among scholars concerning the time in which he lived ; the seventh century is probably the correct date.
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