SUNESIOS VAN KURENE, HIMNE 6: VERTALING EN KOMMENTAAR

J.H. Barkhuizen

Abstract


Following a translation of hymn 6 in Afrikaans, and a few remarks on its structure and
nature, an analysis of this christological hymn is provided in the form of a
commentary on each of the 7 strophes. Several "perspectives" occur throughout the
hymn, namely that of praise (strophes 1 and 3), prayer (2/7), historical reference (4),
liturgical context (5), while the hymn concludes with a cosmic perspective (6).
Although the hymn lacks a clear philosophical and theological reflection, and is
characterised by a soberness absent from hymns 7-8, which constitute with hymn 6 his
christological trilogy, Synesius nevertheless shows forth the distinct nature of his
poetry as hymn of praise. In the "historical" section of his hymn he uses the
amazement of the Magi to contrast human wisdom with divine omniscience, while
interpreting the gifts of the Magi allegorically in order to arouse his audience to
participate in the praise of Christ, the Son of God and the virgin.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/44-0-175

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