“The womb and Sheol shouted with joy and cried outEphrem the Syrian: Hymns on Nativity 10, 7-8; CSCO 1987, 59; CWS, p. 130.
about Your resurrection. The womb that was sealed
conceived You; Sheol that was secured,
brought You forth. Against nature,
the womb conceived, and Sheol yielded.
Sealed was the grave which they entrusted
with keeping the dead man. Virginal was the womb
that no man knew. The virginal womb
and the sealed grave like trumpets
for a deaf people shouted in its ear.”
“Praise to You [who] purify Your flockEphrem the Syrian: Hymns on Nativity 12, 11, CSCO 1987, 65; CWS, p.135
as Your mother, and Your chaste women
as the one who bore You, and Your handmaidens
as the one who nursed You. From them and from her
and from all of us glory be to Your name!”
“If difficult things for You are not difficultEphrem the Syrian: Hymns on Nativity 15, 6; CSCO 187, 74; CWS, p. 146.
but easy, so that the womb conceived You
without intercourse, and without seed
the womb gave birth to You, it is easy for the mouth
to be fruitful and to multiply Your great glory.”
Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press. p.113-114