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

p. 62

St. Stephen's Day.


by S. Anatolius.

τῷ Βασιλεῖ καὶ Δεσπότῃ.

The Lord and King of all things
  But yesterday was born:
And Stephen's glorious offering
  His birthtide shall adorn.
No pearls of orient splendour,
  No jewels can he show;
But with his own true heart's-blood
  His shining vestments glow.

Come, ye that love the Martyrs,
  And pluck the flow’rs of song,
And weave them in a garland
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And cry,—O thou that shinest
  In grace's brightest ray,
Christ's valiant Protomartyr,
  For peace and favour pray!

Thou first of all Confessors,
  Thou of all Deacons crown,
Of every following athlete
  The glory and renown:
Make supplication, standing
  Before Christ's Royal Throne,
That He would give the kingdom,
  And for our sins atone!

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