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Cosmas, the Melodist, 760

Θεος ων ειρηνης.

Father of Peace, and GOD of Consolation!

The Angel of the Counsel dost Thou send

To herald peace, to manifest Salvation,

Thy Light to pour, Thy knowledge to extend;

Whence, with the morning’s earliest rays,

Lover of men! Thy Name we praise.

’Midst Caesar’s subjects Thou, at his decreeing,

Obey’dst and was enrolled: our mortal race,

To sin and Satan slave, from bondage freeing,

Our poverty in all points didst embrace:

And by that Union didst combine

The earthly with the All-Divine.


Lo! Mary, as the world’s long day was waning,16161st ed.: Behold! the Virgin, prophecy sustaining,

Incarnate Deity conceived and bore;

Virgin in birth, and after birth17171st ed.: Virgin still, remaining

And man to GOD is reconciled once more:

Wherefore in faith her name we bless,

And Mother of our GOD confess.

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