Christian! Dost Thou See Them

According to Dr. Neale, this hymn comes from the Stichera for the Second Week of the Great Fast (Lent) in the Triodion. See notes below on the Greek text.

This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in the first edition of Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862). The 5th edition has the minor differences noted below. The English Hymnal (1906) follows the text of the first edition shown below exactly:

Christian! dost thou see them
On the holy ground,
How the troops of Midian
Prowl and prowl around?
Christian! up and smite them,
Counting gain but loss:
Smite them by the merit
Of the Holy Cross!

Christian! dost thou feel them,
How they work within,
Striving, tempting, luring,
Goading into sin?
Christian! never tremble!
Never be down-cast!
Smite them by the virtue
Of the Lenten Fast!

Christian! dost thou hear them,
How they speak thee fair?
Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and prayer?
(1)Christian! answer boldly:
While I breathe I pray:
Peace shall follow battle,
Night shall end in day.

“Well I know thy trouble,
O My servant true;
Thou art very weary,—
I was weary too:
But that toil shall make thee
Some day, all Mine own:
But the end of sorrow
Shall be near My Throne.”

Words: St. Andrew of Crete, 660-732; tr. John Mason Neale, 1862.
Tune (The English Hymn):Gute Bäume Bringen” later form of melody by P. Sohren, d. c. 1692.
Meter: 6.5.6.5.D

(1) This line is rendered this in the 5th edition: “Christian! say but boldly:”

Dr. Neale indicates that the Greek hymn from which this is taken is entitled “οὐ γὰρ βλέπεις τοὺς ταράττοντας.” I was unable to locate this text among the stichera of the second week of Lent in the Triodion. A google search has yielded no results. A Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient and Modern notes simply concerning this hymn: “The Greek of this has not yet been found.”

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