Thee, with the holy self-sprung Fount, we sing,
Who art from all eternity great King,
God and of God, immortal, glorious One,
The, only Father's true and only Son!
To Thee, with Him, our praises all belong;
Thee will we crown with choicest flowers of song.
Son of the Father, Thou by birth Divine!
In Thee all bright the Father's glories shine.
And from the Father and through Thee, behold!
The spirit issues--mystery threefold!
And takes the middle place1818See note on Ode V. 1. 57 . of light and mind,
In Trinity and Unity combined.
Poured was the sacred Fountain into Thee;
Yet One it was, and is eternally.
The Father's Wisdom, Mind, and beauteous Ray,
Eternal Son, Thou dost to all display.
Of hidden Deity the outstanding light,
In Thee the purposes Divine are bright;
For thus the Eternal Father did decree,
That Thou Beginning to all worlds shouldst be;
And bring to bodies shape and form combined
With powers, from highest source, of thought and mind.
The orb of heaven in wisdom Thou dost guide,
And shepherd o'er the flock of stars preside.
Thou leader art of angels' choir and band;
Thou dost the phalanx of God's hosts command.
And Thou too dost the mortal race befriend,
And all their paths and wandering steps attend.
The Spirit undivided Thou dost spread
O'er earth, and gather back to fountain-head
Thy gifts unwasted; for Thou dost unchain
Death's captives, bringing them to life again.
Accept, my King, this wreath of hymns, from me;
And O! propitious to Thy servant be!
Grant Thou calm life: and stay the wandering tide,
And bid the flood through worldly straits subside;
From soul and limbs diseases dire repel;
And all pernicious rush of passions quell.
Or wealth or poverty extreme forefend;
And to just deeds fame honourable send.
Among the people good report accord;
And with persuasion crown the gentle word;
That waveless thus my mind may reap repose,
And I ne'er groan oppressed with earth's dark woes;
But watered from thy heavenly-flowing rill,
My mind I may with wisdom's produce fill.
Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, 1876
Chatfield, Allen William, M.A., born at Chatteris, Oct. 2nd, 1808, and educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Bell's Univ. Scholar and Members' Prizeman. He graduated in 1831, taking a first class in classical honours. Taking Holy Orders in 1832, he was from 1833 to 1847 Vicar of Stotfold, Bedfordshire; and since 1847 Vicar of Much-Marcle, Herefordshire. Mr. Chatfield has published various Sermons from time to time. His Litany, &c. [Prayer Book] in Greek verse is admirable, and has been commended by many eminent scholars. His Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, Bishops, and others, translated into English Verse, 1876, has not received the attention of hymnal compilers which it merits. One… Go to person page >
Author: Synesius of Cyrene, Bishop of Ptolemais
Synesius, a native of Cyrene, born circa 375. His descent was illustrious. His pedigree extended through seventeen centuries, and in the words of Gibbon, "could not be equalled in the history of mankind." He became distinguished for his eloquence and philosophy, and as a statesman and patriot he took a noble stand. When the Goths were threatening his country he went to the court of Arcadius, and for three years tried to rouse it to the dangers that were coming on the empire. But Gibbon says, ”The court of Arcadius indulged the zeal, applauded the eloquence, and neglected the advice of Synesius." In 410 he was made Bishop of Ptolemaïs, but much against his will. He died in 430. Synesius's opinions have been variously estimated. That he wa… Go to person page >