Come, ye faithful, raise the strain

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain. Greek, attributed to St John Damascene* (ca. 655- ca. 745), translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). This translation of the Greek ‘άσωμεν πάντες λαοί’ (‘Asomen pantes laoi’) is from the ‘Second Epoch’ of Greek hymnody (726-820) in Neale’s Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862). Neale first made it public in the Christian Remembrancer (April, 1859). It was ‘Ode I’ for St Thomas’s Sunday (Neale’s explanatory note in the Preface explained that ‘A Canon consists of nine Odes — each Ode containing any number of troparia from three to beyond twenty’ (p. xxix). This was Ode I of ‘the three first of our Saint’s Canon for S. Thomas’s Sunday, called also Renewal...

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