Hymn to a Universal God

Fragment P.Col. Inv. 1171

Hail Heaven, hail Poseidon
Dwelling in the southern region
Protecting cities
Hail the beginning, hail the end of everything
... establishing an equal destiny
... and bringer of light, hail you greatest
delightful gifts
... guide of the summer ...

Revelation 22:13

New Testament

6 Then the angel said to me, “These words are reliable and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.” 7 (Look ! I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, and when I heard and saw them, I threw myself down to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, “Do not do this! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey the words of this book. Worship God!” 10 Then he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, and the one who is morally filthy must continue to be filthy. The one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.” 12 (Look ! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end!)

 Notes and References

Koenen, L. Ein Hymnus auf den Allgott (P. Col. inv. 1171) (pp. 19-21) Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Bd. 4, 1969

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