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Bridle of the Wild Colts

One of the earliest orthodox Christian hymns, written in Greek by Clement of Alexandria, and surviving from around the year 200 CE. A rather poor translation was made by the Rev. Dr. Henry M. Dexter in 1846, which found its way into a number of hymnals, mostly Lutheran. I have versified the original more or less literally. In this form it is rather on the long side, so I have split it up into three sections of three stanzas each, which can be used separately or together. The image of Christ as milk from the Father's breast (Part 2) is an unfamiliar image today, but was a common one at the time Clement was writing, and is found in other early Christian hymns such as those in the Odes of Solomon.

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