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 Astuatz, Hayr erknawor
(439 words)

‘God, heavenly Father’

Vt‘anēs Sṙnketsi

Date: 1567

Original Language: Armenian


This work is a tał poem in 38 four-line stanzas of 11 syllables, mainly with a caesura after the sixth. It is untitled and therefore is cited by its incipit, ‘Astuatz, Hayr erknawor’ (God, heavenly Father). The poem encompasses an alphabetic acrostic formed by the first letter of each of the first 36 stanzas, while the next commences with the letter …

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Cowe, Peter, “ Astuatz, Hayr erknawor”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>

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