Epigram 1.121

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 63


ἔδει γενέσθαι δευτέραν Θεοῦ πύλην
τῆς παρθένου τὸν οἶκον, ὡς καὶ τὸν τόκον
κιβωτὸς ὤφθη τῆς πρὶν ἐνθεεστέρα,
οὐ τὰς πλάκας φέρουσα τὰς θεογράφους,

ἀλλ᾽ αὐτὸν ἔνδον τὸν Θεὸν δεδεγμένη.
ἐνταῦθα κρουνοὶ σαρκικῶν καθαρσίων,
καὶ ψυχικῶν λύτρωσις ἀγνοημάτων
ὅσαι γάρ εἰσι τῶν παθῶν περιστάσεις,
βλύζει τοσαύτας δωρεὰς τῶν θαυμάτων.

ἐνταῦθα νικήσασα τοὺς ἐναντίους,
ἀνεῖλεν αὐτοὺς ἀντὶ λόγχης εἷς1᾽ ὕδωρ:
τροπῆς γὰρ ἀλλοίωσιν οὐκ ἔχει μόνην,
Χριστὸν τεκοῦσα καὶ κλονοῦσα βαρβάρους,

— Paton edition

In the same Church

The house of the Virgin, like her Son, was
destined to become a second gate of God. An ark hath appeared holier than that of old, not containing the tables written by God's hand but having received within it God himself. Here are fountains of purification from the flesh, here is redemption of errors of the soul. There is no evil circumstance, but from Her gusheth a miraculous gift to cure it. Here, when She overthrew the foe, She destroyed them by water, not by the spear. She hath not one method of defeat alone, who bore Christ and putteth the barbarians to flight.

— Paton edition





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