80 A Song of Ephrem the Syrian
1 Behold: Fire and Spirit in the womb that bore you: ♦
Behold: Fire and Spirit in the river where you were baptized.
2 Fire and Spirit in our baptism: ♦
In the Bread and the Cup, Fire and Holy Spirit.
3 In your Bread is hidden a Spirit not to be eaten, ♦
In your Wine dwells a Fire not to be drunk.
4 Spirit in your Bread, Fire in your Wine, ♦
A wonder set apart, yet received by our lips.
5 How wonderful your footsteps, walking on the waters! ♦
You subdued the great sea beneath your feet.
6 Yet to a little stream you subjected your head, ♦
Bending down to be baptized in it.
7 The stream was like John who performed the baptism in it, ♦
In their smallness each an image of the other.
8 To the stream so little, to the servant so weak, ♦
The Lord of them both subjected himself.