[quote="Anathama_Sit, post:6, topic:263577"]
Greetings to those posting and or reading this thread,
When I think of this hymn, somethig inside me imagines Mary singing this to Jesus while He is still in Her Immaculate Womb. I can almost hear the longing as she prays for us and yearns for His coming as well. The melody is haunting and pulls at something deep inside that is yet longing for His second Advent. Lord come quickly.
O come, O come Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice. Emmanuel. Shall Come to thee, O Israel.
O come Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightly,
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to they tribes on Sinai's height
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.
O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
From every foe deliever them
that trust they mighty pow'r to save,
And give them victry o'er the grave.
O Come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
O Come, Thou Dayspring from on high
And chher us by they drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's deark shadow put to flight.
O Come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all humankind;
Bid thou our sad divisions cease,
And be thyself our Prince of Peace.
Of course nothing can substitute for the hymn in Latin. :)
It always gives me goosebumps. So Jewish and yet ... it's ours too.