Type 6920
(formerly typ/4821)

«Κρεῖσσον» ἔφησεν ὁ χρυσοῦς Ἰωάννης,
«σβεσθέντα τὸν ἥλιον μὴ φαίνειν ὅλως,
ἤπερ τὸ ψαλτήριον λαβεῖν ἀργίαν».
Ψαλλόμενον γὰρ εὐλογεῖ καὶ δοξάζει,
τὴν πανσθενουργὸν καὶ ὑπέρθεον φύσιν,
Θεὸν ὑπεράρχιον νοῦν, λόγον, πνεῦμα·
τοὺς δήμους τέρπει, τῶν οὐρανίων νόων,
ἐκδειματοῖ πνεύματα τῆς πονηρίας,
φρουρεῖ ψυχάς, σώματα τῶν μετιόντων,
σοβεῖ πειρασμούς, τιθασεύει τὰ πάθη.
Text source M. Tomadaki, The Psalter Manuscripts of Meteora (posted on: 2023-05-11).
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Sophronios Aplostanes (15th c.) - VGH: 412.B
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Translation(s) Τhe golden John said: “better the sun to be completely quenched
and not to shine, rather than the Psalter to be neglected”.
While it being chanted, it blesses and glorifies
the all–powerful and the most divine nature,
God the beginningless mind, the Word, the spirit.
It pleases the crowds of the heavenly angels,
it frightens the evil spirits,
it guards the souls <and> bodies of those who live together,
it scares away the temptations, calms down the passions.
M. Tomadaki, The Psalter Manuscripts of Meteora (posted on: 2023-05-11).
Comment A longer version of this epigram, incipit Πᾶσα μὲν γραφὴ δέος τοῖς δαιμονίοις, is preserved in a few 16th-century Psalter books, see Tomadaki 2023 (blogpost: https://septuaginta.uni-goettingen.de/blog/the-psalter-manuscripts-of-meteora).
Number of verses 10
Occurrence(s) [25904] κρύσσον ἔφυσεν ὁ χρυσοὺς ἰωάννης [1473]
JERUSALEM - Patriarchike Bibliotheke - Hagiou Saba 77 [1473] (p. 412)
(10 verses)
Related type(s) [31228] Ἔφη τὸ χρυσὸν τοῦ Ἰωάννου στόμα (5 verses) (Variant (other wordings))

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Last modified: 2023-05-11.