The Birth of Vahagn, King of Armenia

“Heaven and earth were in travail,
And the crimson waters were in travail.
And in the water, the crimson reed
Was also in travail.
From the mouth of the reed issued smoke,
From the mouth of the reed issued flame.
And out of the flame sprang the young child.
His hair was of fire, a beard had he of flame,
And his eyes were suns.”

Moses of Khorene

Armenian legends and poems by Zabelle C. Boyajian and Aram Raffi, London & New York, 1916.

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