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St. STEPHANOS, the Sabaite, was a monk of the mon�astery of Sabas, where he was placed by his uncle, St. John Damascene. Here he found St. Cosmas, who contributed not a little to form his style�a thing not difficult, for Stephen entered the monastery as a boy of ten. He remained within these walls fifty-nine years. Dr. Neale speaks of the Latin stanzas of "Art Thou Wea�ry" as being "very sweet"�but his own rendering is quite free. The original is of the eighth century. Stephen was born in 725 and died in 794, and this is the finest of his hymns. Miss Sally Pratt McLean has used this
familiar hymn in her story of " Cape Cod Folks." \\ is the duet which George Olver and Benny Cradlebow sing together as they are mending the boat just before Cradlebow's heroic death. Captain Arkell tells of it thus: " By and by, him and George Olver struck up a song. I've heern 'em sing it before, them two. As nigh as I calc'late, it's about findin' rest in Jesus, and one a askin' questions, all far and squar', to know the way and whether it's a goin' to lead thar straight or not, and the other answerin'. And he�he was a tink�ering 'way up on the foremast. George Olver and the
Easter Carol,
rest of us was astern, and I'll hear to my dyin' day how his voice came a floatin' down to us thar�chantin' like it was�cl'ar and fearless and slow. So he asks, for findin' Jesus, ef ther's any marks to foller by; and George, he answers about them bleedin' nail-prints, and the great one in his side. So then that voice comes down agin', askin' ef thar's any crown, like other kings, to tell him by; and George, he answers straight about that crown o' thorns. Then says that other voice, floatin' so strong and cl'ar, and ef he gin up all and follered, what should he have�what now ? So George,
he sings deep o' the trial and the sorrowin'. But that other voice never shook, a askin' and what if he held to him to the end, what then should it be�what then ? George Olver answers, ' Forevermore, the sorrowin' ended�Death gone over.' Then he sings out, like his mind was all made up. And if he undertook it, would he likely be turned away?' 'An' it's likelier,' George answers him,' that heaven and earth shall pass.' So I'll hear it to my dyin' day�his voice a floatin' down from above thar, askin' them questions that nobody could, ever answer like, so soon he answered 'em for hiauelL"
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