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A Christmas Hymn of Kassia

Another Christmas Hymns this time from the Byzantine Saint, Kassia (810-865). Kassia is one of the more important feminine voices of the Era and so I figured why not include her. This particular hymn includes seven odes, but just the Seventh is given here. This translation comes from Antonía Tripolitis’ work Kassia: The Legend, the Woman, and Her Work

VII.

Creation was enlightened

by your birth on earth, Lord,

and the heaven praised you with fear

shepherds along with Magi

reverently glorified you

when they saw you, O Logos, being poor

and wearing swaddling clothes

through which, merciful one, you broke

all bands of sin

uniting life with immortality

for those who entreat you,

benefactor of all

glory to you, Lord.

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