Come and let us drink of that new river

Come and let us drink of that new river. John Damascene* (ca. 655- ca. 745), translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). This hymn by St John of Damascus, or St John Damascene, ‘Δευτε πόμα πίωμεν’, was Ode III of the ‘Canon for Easter Day, called the Golden Canon, or, The Queen of Canons’, from the Pentekostarion Kharmosynon (‘Joyful Pentecostarion’), used from Easter Day to the first Sunday after Pentecost (see Litvack, 1994, p. 131, and the entry under ‘The Day of Resurrection’). It had nine ‘Odes’ or sub-divisions, and was sung first at midnight on Easter Eve. It was translated by Neale in his Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862): Come, and let us drink of that New River,   Not from...

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