There's a popular Advent hymn to a stately, minor key melody that goes "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."
According to my hymnbook it's a translation of a 12th century Latin hymn. Does anyone know how to put their hands on the Latin lyrics (even one verse)? That would add a lot of class to our Christmas pageant, I think.
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