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John Damascene, 780

μεγα το μυστεριον.

Catavasia. “Stand on thy watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer.” (p. 98.)

“‘CHRIST, we turn our eyes to Thee,

“‘And this mighty mystery!’

“Habakkuk exclaimed of old,

“In the HOLY SPIRIT bold:

“‘Thou shalt come in time appointed,

“For the help of Thine anointed!’”

Taste of myrrh He deigned to know,

Who redeemed the source of woe:

Now He bids all sickness cease

Through the honeycomb of peace:

And to this world deigns to give

That sweet food12121st ed.: fruit by which we live.


Patient LORD! with loving eye

Thou invitest Thomas nigh,

Showing Him that Wounded Side:

While the world is certified,

How the third day, from the grave,

JESUS CHRIST arose to save.

Blest, O Didymus, the tongue

Where that first confession hung:

First the SAVIOUR to proclaim

First the LORD of Life to name:

Such the graces it supplied,

—That dear touch of JESU’s side!

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