Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
That holy things have taken;
Let ears that now have heard thy songs
To clamour never waken.
Lord, may the tongues which ‘Holy’ sang
Keep free from all deceiving;
The eyes which saw thy love be bright,
Thy bless-ed hope perceiving.
The feet that tread thy holy courts
From light do thou not banish;
The bodies by thy Body fed
With thy new life replenish.
– Ascribed to St Ephraim the Syrian, d. 373
Tr. C. W. Humphreys and P. Dearmer