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One more push of desire before it's over! It's never to late to celebrate Advent...

I know tomorrow is Christmas Eve, the last day of Advent, but I just can't help myself - I gotta post this, because I love it so. It's an Advent-hymn that most of you probably know, in Latin and in an olden English translation. The text is based on the special antiphons, the so called "great O-antiphons", for the Magnificat (praise of Mary) sung during vespers (evening prayer) for the last seven days before Christmas Eve (where the vespers liturgically belong to Christmas Day, naturally). They're rich in OT-imagery, and so are these lyrics. If you haven't heard it, you must check it out, for it is soo beautiful!

Veni veni, Emmanuel
Captivum solve Israel,
Qui gemit in exsilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.
Refrain: Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
Nascetur pro te Israel!


Veni, O Sapientia,
Quae hic disponis omnia,
Veni, viam prudentiae
Ut doceas et gloriae.
Refrain:

Veni, veni, Adonai,
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice
In maiestate gloriae.
Refrain:

Veni, O Iesse virgula,
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De spectu tuos tartari
Educ et antro barathri.
Refrain:

Veni, Clavis Davidica,
Regna reclude caelica,
Fac iter tutum superum,
Et claude vias inferum.
Refrain:

Veni, veni O Oriens,
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque mortis tenebras.
Refrain:

Veni, veni, Rex Gentium,
Veni, Redemptor omnium,
Ut salvas tuos famulos
Peccati sibi conscios.
Refrain:


O Come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!


O come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
And order all things far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Refrain:

O come, o come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
In ancient times did give the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Refrain:

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
From ev'ry foe deliver them
That trust Thy mighty power to save,
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave.
Refrain:

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads to thee,
And close the path to misery.
Refrain:

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadow put to flight.
Refrain:

O come, Desire of Nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid thou our sad divisions cease,
And be thyself our King of Peace.
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