“As again He dwelt in His mother’s womb, in His womb dwells all creation”

Glory to that Voice that became a body,
and to the lofty Word that became flesh.
Ears even heard Him, eyes saw Him,
hands even touched Him, the mouth ate Him.
Limbs and senses gave thanks to
the One Who came and revived all that is corporeal.
Mary bore a mute Babe
though in Him were hidden all our tongues.
Joseph carried Him, yet hidden in Him was
a silent nature older than everything.
The Lofty One became like a little child,
yet hidden in Him was a treasure of Wisdom that suffices for all.
He was lofty but he sucked Mary’s milk,
and from His blessings all creation drinks.
He is the Living Breast of living breath;
by His life the dead were suckled, and they revived.
Without the breath of air no one can live;
without the power of the Son no one can rise.
Upon the living breath of the One Who vivifies all
depend the living beings above and below.
As indeed He sucked Mary’s milk,
He has given suck—life to the universe.
As again He dwelt in His mother’s womb,
in His womb dwells all creation.
Mute He was as a babe, yet He gave
to all creation all His commands.
For without the First-born no one is able
to approach Being, for He alone is capable of it.

St Ephrem the Syrian

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3 Responses to “As again He dwelt in His mother’s womb, in His womb dwells all creation”

  1. albert says:

    It is so good to be able to read thoughts about God and Mary from long ago. I was jarred (again) by the facts of our faith: the wondrous physical bond between Mary and Christ, and so between us and God. Thank you for posting this.

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  2. Agnikan says:

    And because the Creator dwelt in Mary’s womb, Mary is “wider and vaster than the cosmos.”

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  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thank you for this – quite new to me! Wondering how early it might have been available in some version in English, I find it in “Rhythm the Third” (at p. 22) of the “Thirteen Rhythms on the Nativity” in the Rev. John B. Morris’s Selected Works of S. Ephrem the Syrian (Oxford: Parker, 1847), as scanned in the Internet Archive (which looks like a handy way of furthering one’s acquaintance).

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