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Tuesday, May 14, A.D. 2013
Now the Green Blade Riseth

Crist is arisen!

My friend Andrew sent me a Western hymn for Pascha of which he is quite fond—“Now the Green Blade Riseth.” I had never heard it before, but it is catchy and earthy. Here it is sung by the choir of Ely Cathedral:

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again.
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green,

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

Speaking of Ely, I wrote of that beautiful cathedral in the first months of this site.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, May 14, Anno Domini 2013
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Monday, May 6, A.D. 2013
Светлый праздник

Christ is risen!

I wish you a great festive season for the feast of feasts! To celebrate, here is Светлый праздник, one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s many gifts to the world:

Have a lovely Bright Week!

Posted by Joseph on Monday, May 6, Anno Domini 2013
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