Unto the Defender General the dues of victory

UNTO thee, O Champion and General,
I – thy city delivered from grievous straits –
Ascribe songs of victory and thanksgiving
O Theotokos.

But as thou hast the unassailable might,
Deliver me from all kinds of danger,
That I may cry unto Thee:
Rejoice, O Bride unwedded.

Romanos the Melodist, 7th century.

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