Scripture Verse

God shall come from Teman, and the Holy One from the thick and shady mountain of Paran. Habakkuk 3:3 (Septuagint)


John Mason Neale


Words: Cos­mas the Me­lo­dist, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Ῥάβ­δος ἐκ τῆς ῥίζ­ης Ἰεσ­σαὶ). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Hymns of the Eas­tern Church (Lon­don: Spot­tis­woode, 1862).

Music: Schroe­der Her­mann R. Sch­roe­der, in Great Hymns of the Church Com­piled by the Late Right Re­ver­end John Free­man Young, ed­it­ed by John H. Hop­kins (New York: James Pott, 1887), num­ber 106 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Schroe­der (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Cosmas the Melodist


Rod of the Root of Jesse,
Thou, Flower of Mary born,
From that thick shady mountain
Cam’st glorious forth this morn:
Of her, the ever virgin,
Incarnate wast Thou made,
The immaterial Essence,
The God by all obeyed!
Glory, Lord, Thy servants pay
To Thy wondrous might today!

The Gentiles’ expectation,
Whom Jacob’s words foretell,
Who Syria’s pride shall vanquish,
Samaria’s power shalt quell;
Thou from the Root of Judah
Like some fair plant dost spring,
To turn old Gentile error
To Thee, its God and King!
Glory, Lord, Thy servants pay
To Thy wondrous might today!

In Balaam’s ancient vision
The eastern seers were skilled;
They marked the constellations,
And joy their spirits filled;
For Thou, bright Star of Jacob,
Arising in Thy might,
Didst call these Gentile first-fruits
To worship in Thy light.
They, in holy reverence bend,
Gifts acceptable present.

As on a fleece descending
The gentle dews distill,
As drops the earth that water,
The virgin didst Thou fill.
Tarshish and Ethiopia,
The Isles and Araby,
And Media, leagues with Sheba,
Fall down and worship Thee.
Glory, Lord, Thy servants pay
To Thy wondrous might today!