Lamentations in English

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Good Friday Lamentations of the Orthodox Church
   Woe is me, my heart·s desire·, the Virgin cried.Murderous, malicious,men whose deeds for vengeancecry!See the graveclothes and thenapkin left lying here,as Christ rises from the dead: areyou not shamed?Murdering disciple,blood-stained man, show me now all the manner, all the ways of your wickedness,through which you becamebetrayer of our Christ.Monster of destruction,blind, implacable fool!How can you pretend to act fromphilanthropy, when you sold the Myrrh forthirty silver pence?How much did they pay youfor the heavenly Myrrh? What did you receive as price of the precious One? You found raving madness, Satan,most accursed.If you suffered anguishas a friend of the poor, when for mercy on a soul preciousmyrrh was poured,how, then, can you sell the fountof light for gold?¶O God·s Word, my gladness,my Lord and my God,how can I endure your burial forthree days? As a mother now my heart is torn with grief.·¶Who will give me water,give me fountains of tears,·cried the Virgin bride of God,¶that I may lamentand may weep for my sweet Jesus, who lies slain?·¶Mountain heights and valleys,all the whole human race,come, all creatures, come lamentand shed tears with me, weep with me, who am theMother of your God.·¶Saviour, light eternal,the delight of my heart, when shall I see you, my gladness,my only joy?·cried the Virgin most afflicted inher grief.Like a rock, O Saviour,sharp and flinty and hard,you received the blow, but pouredforth, as source of life,streams of living water, bringing life to all. As if from one fountainas from only one spring,from the double stream that flowsfrom your side we drink,and we pluck the fruit that grantsimmortal life.By your will we see you,as a corpse in the tomb,but you live, O Word, and Saviouras you foretold,by your Resurrection you raisemortal kind.Glory. Word, we sing your praises,as the Lord God of all, with the Father and your mostHoly Spirit, Lord,and we glorify your burial amazement angel armies lift uptheir song as they glorify your self-abasement, Lord.
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