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Hymns of the Eastern Church, by J.M. Neale, [1884], at

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Canon for Easter Day


by S. John Damascene.

ὀρθρίσωμεν ὄρθρου βαθέος.

Let us rise in early morning,
  And, instead of ointments, bring
Hymns of praises to our Master,
  And His Resurrection sing:
We shall see the Sun of Justice
  Risen with healing on His wing.

Thy unbounded loving-kindness,
  They that groaned in Hades’ chain,
Prisoners, from afar beholding,
  Hasten to the light again
And to that eternal Pascha
  Wove the dance and raised the strain.

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Go ye forth, His Saints, to meet Him!
  Go with lamps in every hand!
From the sepulchre He riseth:
  Ready for the Bridegroom stand:
And the Pascha of salvation
  Hail, with His triumphant band.

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