Select Metrical Hymns and Homilies of Ephraem Syrus

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R. B. Blackader, 1853 - 198 pages

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Page xxiv - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess ; but be filled with the spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Page xxxiii - In harmony the very image and character even of Virtue and Vice is perceived, the mind delighted with their resemblances, and brought by having them often iterated into a love of the things themselves. For which cause there is nothing more contagious and pestilent than some kinds of harmony ; than some, nothing more strong and potent unto good.
Page 165 - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
Page lxii - And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, "Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
Page 116 - Paradise is represented In terms which are vernacular to thee ; It is not indigent, Because it is clothed with things like to thee : — Thy nature rather is very imbecile, Which is not able to attain to its greatness. Insipid would be its beauties, Were it depicted in the colours Which are natural to thee ! For eyes which are feeble Have not sufficient power To contemplate the bright rays Of its celestial beauties. HE hath clothed its trees With the names of our trees, And its figs are called by...
Page 4 - To take one short example, how much precious consolation is wrapt up in simple words like these : — " The Just One saw that iniquity increased on earth, And that sin had dominion over all men ; And sent His messenger and removed A multitude of fair little ones, And called them to the pavilion of happiness. '- Like lilies taken from the wilderness Children are planted in paradise ; And like pearls in diadems Children are inserted in the kingdom ; And without ceasing shall hymn forth praise.
Page lxxxvii - But after making every deduction we feel we are reading the writings of a fine mind, truly poetic in its tendencies and capacities." . . . ' All the Homilies are poetic in the mode of treatment, as well as in the style, and are wrought up with an artistic power which is truly wonderful. We admire the man who conceived and executed such gem-like productions ; our wonder is little less that his audiences should have been able to comprehend and enjoy them.
Page 116 - ... hath clothed its trees With the names of our trees, And its figs are called by the names of our figs ; And its leaves, which are spiritual, Are realized and embodied ; They are transformed, that their vesture May resemble the vesture of earthly things. The flowers of that country Are more numerous and brilliant Than the starry lights Of this visible heaven ; And a fragrance proceeds from it, Borne along in its gracious influence, Like a physician sent to the maladies Of a land which is cursed...
Page 114 - ... inhaled nutriment; And the inspiration was to his youth Like the ministering breast of a mother. He was young, fair and joyful : — But having spurned the commandment, He became unhappy, old, and fading, Bearing the weight of years And a load of miseries ! No blighting frosts, No withering heats, Are in that region Of blessedness and joy. It is a haven of gladness, A home of delights, — Light and merriment reside within it: — There is a congregation of harpers, A society of players on the...
Page 77 - In the holy Church. For Jesus then became A sojourner with death For the space of three days, And set at liberty his captives ;" And laid waste his encampment, And returned the spoils to our race. For before that time Death by this was made arrogant, And boasted himself of it — " Behold, priests and kings Lie bound by me, In the midst of my prisons...

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