Then Azarias, within his inward thoughts,
sainted, cried aloud through the heated flame,
eagerly busied with deeds, praising the Lord,
wise in his works, and with a word he spoke: (1-4)

“Measurer of everything, you are great of power
to deliver all men. Your name is widely known,
lovely and glory-fast across the tribes of men.
Your judgments upon every deed
are comforting to the truthful and the victory-set,
also your desires in worldly success
are correct among the counselors.
Wielder of the Heavens, preserve us zealously,
Shaper of Souls, and by the help of your grace,
Holy Lord, now we ask you for mercies
for our need and for our pained necessity
and for our humility, circumscribed by flames. (5-16a)

“We of those living have made in this world,
likewise we have done such stain unto our ancestors,
in our overweening minds, among the town-sitters,
we have broken your commandments,
contemning the order of holy living.
We have become scattered throughout the broad earth,
dispersed into bands, lacking your grace—
Our lives were throughout many lands
abominable and notorious among the earth-dwellers. (16b-24)

“Now you send us into exile, into the keeping
of this worst of earthly kings, into the clutches
of the sword-grim—we must…
the wretched punishment of heathens… (25-29)

“To Abraham and to Isaac and Jacob,
Shaper of Spirits. You have promised them
through your pronouncements
that you wished to increase their offspring
in days gone by, so that they were begotten
after them into their royal realms,
augmented on earth, as uncountable
a people heaved up as the heaven-stars
bending in broad orbit or else the sea-floods
as the sands of the shore about the salty water,
in waves across the earthen ground—
so that they must become so innumerable
across the course of swirling winters. (30-41)

“Fulfill now these promising words,
although they should live as our joy,
beautify your wordful statements,
and your glory in us. Reveal your craft and might,
now that the Chaldeans have asked you—
and also all these many folk—
that you are alone the Eternal Lord,
Victory-Bold Enthroned and the True Measurer,
the Wielder of Glory and Worldly Creation.” (42-48)

So the sainted man was praising
his Mild Measurer, and his inner mind
stretched forth through his voice.
Then from the heavens an angel
all-bright was sent from above,
a beautifully-shining human in his glorious coat,
came to them right then as grace
and as an elder savior
through love and through mercy. (49-55a)

This one scattered the flames,
holy and heaven-bright, of the heated fire,
so that the bitter burning must be shielded
from the terror of that angel, his lawfast majesty.
Sweeping and driving through the power of his right hand
the crackling limbs of flame, so their bodies were not harmed,
yet they were inside that furnace, when the angel arrived,
windy and winsome, much like the breeze
when on a summer’s day a falling of raindrops
is sent down during the length of the day. (55b-64)

He was in the fire, for the might of the Lord,
in his holiness as a help. The heated flame
was driven and diminished, wherever
the three deed-bold princes praised in their thoughts,
praying to bless the children of the world,
all of creation, and the Eternal Lord,
the Sovereign of Nations. So these three spoke,
swift in their minds, through a well-known word: (65-72)

“Bless you, mild father,
Glory of Worldly Creation and all his works,
heaven and angels and the clear pure waters
and all power of the earth’s creation! (73-76)

“Bless you, Truthfast King, the sun and the moon,
beams of light, Living God,
bright and clear, full of heavenly joys,
worthied in blossoms. Very often you, Glory-King,
allow by the breezes a mild morning rain
to fall for the people’s sake. Afterwards
Many are the herbs which must be awakened,
also the woody groves sprouting with shoots.
The earthly weal is strengthened,
warmed and purified. The Measurer
has never owned fame so widely-known,
when he with the child of man worked so benevolently. (77-87a)

“Wise is he who knows how to perceive
the preserver, who gives us all good
that we possess so long as we are here,
and our Mild Measurer promises us more,
if we merit it, desiring it courageously,
when the soul must venture away from the body,
at the Lord’s behest, apart from the other. (87b-93)

“And souls should praise you, Lord God,
the burning fire and the bright summer,
the warm weather-days, Sovereign of Men,
Master in the spirit. You have made earthly weal,
through many orders, Mild Lord,
and the day and the night, Doom-fast King,
should praise you and love you, light and shadow,
which holds them, as wardens of the tribal nations.
They work the Lord’s profound commandment so long (94-101)

“And the ships should worthy you, Christ King,
our father, frost and snow, Wielder of Peoples,
the winter-bitter weather and the shades of the sky,
and the flickering lightning should praise you,
shining, voice-bold, Warden of the Spacious Kingdom,
secretly, O Lord. Always may your judgments be
good and seasonable. You operate so eagerly,
O Glory-King. You praise with blossoms,
blessing us with fruits, and your fruit should be
eternal onwards forever, Almighty God. (102-12)

“They are and they grow, every human nation,
living by your mildness, who are the King
beloved by us, Eternal Lord,
you have set down before as a rupture
with his own children, Celebrated Lord. (113-16)

“And you, Holy God, the lofty peaks
throughout middle-earth, should praise meekly,
the fair earth, and realm of your father.
Therefore the Sovereign shaped the woody moors,
requited with praise, the Herdsman of Light. (117-21)

“Bless you, Truth-fast King, for the seas and the waters,
the high oceans, Holy Lord,
the gloriously deep water, and the Lord’s commandment,
every ocean’s flood holds it dear eagerly,
when the sea-streams roil the water,
for the counsellors of the Measurer. (122-27a)

“The elder kindred know that the Eternal Lord
shaped before the course of the watery tide,
the Herdsman of Light, on whose wide-faring ambit
abide many wondrous creatures swimming. (127b-31)

“May they all bless you, Eternal Lord,
who by your pleasure, Glory-Fast King,
spring forth every one, Eternal Lord,
and should praise you humbly.
Very often you allow the pure waters
delightful to fall from the spotless cliffs
as a worldly joy. These things the King
shaped for us, for mankind,
as a mercy and a strength’s waxing. (132-38)

“May they bless you, Gentle Father,
the fish and the fowl, many-powered,
all those that stir the rough waves,
upon the broad ocean, Celebrated Lord—
may they praise the holy and the heavenly birds
those who go bouncing across the breeze. (139-44)

“May they bless you, Lord, the beasts and the cattle.
May they praise the Measurer, the Child of Men
with mildness and Eternal God, the kindred of Israel.
May they bless you, Soothfast King, your priests,
the mild mass-priests, Wide-Known Lord,
and your servants, Herdsman of Peoples,
likewise with the pure soul of the holy
and, Eternal God, with humble hearts. (145-52)

“Now Ananias and Azarias and Misachel,
O Measurer, praise you with mildness.
Now we three young men bless God,
the many-powered Father in heaven,
that True Son, and that Victory-Fast Spirit.
Therefore send us, Sovereign of Triumph,
an angel as a favor to us, who will shelter
us from the fire and the fiends,
and cover us over with his wings
against the burning terror.” (153-61a)

With their voices about that overheated house
they turned that heathen chieftain —
then the opponents of God perceived that
they could not destroy the young men’s life,
nor did the Measurer will it, but Christ shielded them. (161b-65)

Then he turned to the hall, the earl affrighted,
as he could most swiftly, so that he stood
over his princes. Then he sent forth a prayer
on behalf of the multitudes, a profound message
protecting those holy ones—listening therein—
a hostile-minded man: (166-170a)

“That I know readily, that we have here three men,
counsellor to the people, three young men,
for their soul’s love bound to burning,
in the limbs of the flaming fire.
Now I see truly four men are in there—
this is not at all my imagination. (170b-75)

“They turn away now from the heat—
it creates no heat for any of them—
the kindling of the oven, yet there is an angel
among them; he has a bright spirit—
nor can the burning harm his lovely glory-robe!” (176-79a)

Then the lord of the Chaldeans swallowed these words,
turning then to go towards that burning,
an earl resolute, so that he stood over that pyre.
Then Nebuchadnezzar commanded them, the living children,
to approach nearer to him from the flame.
Nor did those holy ones despise to do that,
bold-minded, after they heard the admonition
of that worldly king, yet they went from the fire,
lives unspoiled, beautified in their glory,
so their garments were not harmed
by the malice of the gluttonous gleeds,
but they with their spirit-love,
oppressed their affliction and knew triumph,
wise in their minds, in their manners,
through their forethought — they escaped the fire! (179b-191)