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104

STICHERA ANATOLIKA

ἑσπερινὴν προσκύνησιν

Pentecostarion, p. 14

tr., John Brownlie

8.8.8.8 D

105

I

Thee, as the evening light declines,

O Christ, unfading light, we praise,

Who, robed in human flesh, appears,

To bless us in the end of days.

Dark hades saw the light arise,

And quick the darkness fled away;

The nations saw Thy waking beams,

When dawned the Resurrection day.

II

Glory, O Christ, to Thee we give,

The Head of our Salvation Thou;

For death is vanquished by Thy power,

And men are saved from wandering now.

The angel choirs in heaven rejoice,

For messengers of death are spurned;

The fall of Adam Thou hast raised,

And Satan's power is overturned.

III

We, all unworthy, stand around

Thy life inspiring grave, and raise

To Thy great tenderness of heart,

O Christ our Lord, a hymn of praise;

For thou gav'st welcome to the Cross,

Nor thrust the hand of death away,

That thou, O Lover of our race,

Mightst give the Resurrection day.

IV

Word with the Father in the past,

Word with the Father aye to reign;

Mysterious born, to live and die,

And in His glory rise again.

O God of life to thee we sing,

Saviour of our souls, to Thee

Let hymns from every heart arise,

And everlasting glory be.

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