Scripture Verse

Behold, a greater than Jonah is here. Matthew 12:41

Introduction

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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Words: Cos­mas the Me­lo­dist, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Σπλάγχ­νων ’Ιωνᾶν). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Hymns of the East­ern Church, 1862.

Music: York­shire John Wain­right, 1750 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Cosmas the Melodist

Lyrics

As Jonah, issuing from his three days’ tomb,
At length was cast, uninjured, on the earth;
So, from the virgin’s unpolluted womb
Th’incarnate Word, that dwelt there, had His birth:
For He, who knew no taint of mortal stain,
Willed that His mother spotless should remain.

Christ comes, incarnate God, amongst us now,
Begotten of the Father ere the day:
And He, to whom the sinless legions bow,
Lies cradled, ’midst unconscious beasts on hay:
And, by His homely swaddling-bands girt in,
Looses the many fetters of our sin.

Now the new Child of Adam’s race draws nigh,
To us, the faithful, giv’n: This, this is He
That shall the Father of eternity,
The Angel of the Mighty Counsel, be:
This the eternal God, by whose strong hands
The fabric of the world supported stands.