In the Birth of the Son Light Dawned, --And Darkness Fled from the World, --And the Earth was Enlightened
1. In the Birth of the Son light dawned, -- and darkness fled from the world, -- and the earth was enlightened; then let it give glory -- to the brightness of the Father Who has enlightened it!

2. He dawned from the womb of the Virgin, -- and the shadows passed away when He was seen, -- and the darkness of error was strangled by Him, -- and the ends of the earth were enlightened that they should give glory.

3. Among the peoples there was great tumult, -- and in the darkness the light dawned, -- and the nations rejoiced to give glory -- to Him in Whose Birth they all were enlightened.

4. His light shone out over the east; -- Persia was enlightened by the star: -- His Epiphany gave good tidings to her and invited her, -- "He is come for the sacrifice that brings joy to all."

5. The star of light hasted and came and dawned -- through the darkness, and summoned them -- that the peoples should come and exult -- in the great Light that has come down to earth.

6. One envoy from among the stars -- the firmament sent to proclaim to them, -- to the sons of Persia, that they might make ready -- to meet the King and to worship Him.

7. Great Assyria when she perceived it -- called to the Magi and said to them, -- "Take gifts and go, honour Him -- the great King Who in Judea has dawned."

8. The princes of Persia, exulting, -- carried gifts from their region; -- and they brought to the Son of the Virgin -- gold and myrrh and frankincense.

9. They entered and found Him as a child -- as He dwelt in the house of the lowly woman; -- and they drew near and worshipped with gladness, -- and brought near before Him their treasures.

10. Mary said, "For whom are these? -- and for what purpose? and what is the cause -- that has called you to come from your country -- to the Child with your treasures?"

11. They said, "Thy Son is a King, -- and He binds crowns and is King of all; -- and great is His power over the world, -- and to His Kingdom shall all be obedient."

12. "At what time did this come to pass, -- that a lowly woman should bring forth a King? I who am in need and in want, -- how then could a king come forth from me?"

13. "In thee alone has this come to pass -- that a mighty King from thee should appear; -- thee in whom poverty shall be magnified, -- and to thy Son shall crowns be made subject."

14. "Treasures of Kings I have not; -- riches have never fallen to my lot. -- My house is lowly and my dwelling needy; -- why then proclaim ye that my Son is King?"

15. "Great treasure is in thy Son, -- and wealth that suffices to make all rich; -- for the treasures of kings are impoverished, -- but He fails not nor can be measured."

16. "Whether haply some other be for you -- the King that is born, enquire ye concerning Him. -- This is the son of a lowly woman, -- of one who is not meet to look on a King."

17. "Can it be that light should ever miss -- the way whereon it has been sent? It was not darkness that summoned and led us; -- in light we walked, and thy Son is King."

18. "Lo! ye see a babe without speech, -- and the house of His mother empty and needy, -- and of that which pertains to a king nought is in it: -- how then in it is a king to be seen?"

19. "Lo! we see that without speech and at rest -- is the King, and lowly as thou hast said: -- but again we see that the stars -- in the highest He bids haste to proclaim Him."

20. "It were meet, O men, that ye should enquire -- who is the King, and then adore him; -- lest haply your way has been mistaken, -- and another is the King that is born."

21. "It were meet, O maiden, that thou shouldst receive it, -- that we have learned that thy Son is King, -- from the star of light that errs not, -- and plain is the way, and he has led us."

22. "The Child is a little one, and lo! he has not -- the diadem of a king and of a throne; -- and what have ye seen that ye should pay honour to Him, -- as to a king, with your treasures?"

23. "A little one, because He willed it for quietness' sake, -- and meek now until He be revealed. -- A time shall be for Him when all diadems -- shall bow down and worship Him."

24. "Armies he has none; -- nor has my Son legions and troops: -- in the poverty of His mother He dwells; -- why then King is He called by you?"

25. "The armies of thy Son are above; -- they ride on high, and they flame, -- and one of them it was that came and summoned us, -- and all our country was dismayed."

26. "The Child is a babe, and how is it possible -- He should be King, unknown to the world? -- And they that are mighty and of renown, -- how can a babe be their ruler?"

27. "Thy babe is aged, O Virgin, -- and Ancient of Days and exalted above all and Adam beside Him is very babe, -- and in Him all created things are made new."

28. "It is very seemly that ye should expound -- all the mystery and explain it; -- who it is that reveals to you the mystery of my Son, -- that He is a King in your region."

29. "It is likewise seemly for thee to accept this, -- that unless the truth had led us we had not wandered hither from the ends of the earth, -- nor come for the sake of thy Son."

30. "All the mystery as it was wrought -- among you there in your country, -- reveal ye to me now as friends. -- Who was He that called you to come to me?"

31. "A mighty Star appeared to us -- that was glorious exceedingly above the stars, -- and our land by its fire was kindled; -- that this King had appeared it bore tidings to us."

32. "Do not, I beseech you, speak of -- these things in our land lest they rage, -- and the kings of the earth join together -- against the Child in their envy."

33. "Be not thou dismayed, O Virgin! -- Thy Son shall bring to nought all diadems, and set them underneath his heel; -- and they shall not subdue Him Whom they envy."

34. "Because of Herod I am afraid, -- that unclean wolf, lest he assail me, -- and draw his sword and with it cut off -- the sweet cluster before it be ripe."

35. "Because of Herod fear thou not; -- for in the hands of thy Son is his throne placed: -- and as soon as He shall reign it shall be laid low, -- and his diadem shall fall on the earth beneath."

36. "A torrent of blood is Jerusalem, -- wherein the excellent ones are slain; -- and if she perceives Him she will assail Him. -- In mystery speak ye, and noise it not abroad."

37. "All torrents, and likewise swords, -- by the hands of thy Son shall be appeased; -- and the sword of Jerusalem shall be blunted, -- and shall not desire at all to kill."

38. "The scribes of the priests of Jerusalem -- pour forth blood and heed not. -- They will arouse murderous strife -- against me and against the Child; O Magi, be silent!"

39. "The scribes and the priests will be unable -- to hurt thy son in their envy; -- for by Him their priesthood shall be dissolved, -- and their festivals brought to nought."

40. "A Watcher revealed to me, when I received -- conception of the Babe, that my Son is a King; -- that His diadem is from on high and is not dissolved, -- he declared to me even as ye do."

41. "The Watcher, therefore, of whom thou hast spoken -- is he who came as a star, -- and was shown to us and brought us good tidings -- that He is great and glorious above the stars."

42. "That Angel declared to me -- in his good tidings, when he appeared to me, -- that to His Kingdom no end shall be -- and the mystery is kept and shall not be revealed."

43. "The Star also declared again to us -- that thy Son is He that shall keep the diadem. -- His aspect was something changed, -- and he was the Angel and made it not known to us."

44. "Before me when the Watcher showed himself, -- he called Him his Lord before He was conceived; -- and as the Son of the Highest announced Him to me: -- but where His Father is he made not known to me."

45. "Before us he proclaimed in the form of a star -- that the Lord of the Highest is He Who is born; -- and over the stars of light thy Son is ruler, -- and unless He commands they rise not."

46. "In your presence, lo! there are revealed -- other mysteries, that ye may learn the truth; -- how in virginity I bare my Son, -- and He is Son of God; go ye, proclaim Him!"

47. "In our presence the Star taught us -- that His Birth is exalted above the world and above all beings is thy Son, -- and is Son of God according to thy saying."

48. "The world on high and the world below bear witness to Him, -- all the Watchers and the stars, -- that He is Son of God and Lord. -- Bear ye His fame to your lands!"

49. "All the world on high, in one star, -- has stirred up Persia and she has learnt the truth, -- that thy Son is Son of God, -- and to Him shall all peoples be subject."

50. "Peace bear ye to your lands: -- peace be multiplied in your borders! -- As apostles of truth may ye be believed -- in all the way that ye shall pass through."

51. "The peace of thy Son, it shall bear us -- in tranquillity to our land, as it has led us hither; -- and when His power shall have grasped the worlds, -- may He visit our land and bless it!

52. "May Persia rejoice in your glad tidings! -- may Assyria exult in your coming -- And when my Son's Kingdom shall arise, -- may He plant His standard in your country!"

53. Let the Church sing with rejoicing, -- "Glory in the Birth of the Highest, -- by Whom the world above and the world below are illumined!" -- Blessed be He in Whose Birth all are made glad!

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