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Thread #41968   Message #607737
Posted By: Joe Offer
11-Dec-01 - 03:16 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Rock Of Ages / Maoz Tzur
Subject: ADD: Rock Of Ages / Maoz Tzur
That first link Sorcha gave is very interesting. I wonder when she's going to get tired of my nagging her to post BOTH links and lyrics [grin]
-Joe Offer-

Maoz Tzur is an acrostic poem written for Hanukkah in the 13th century and has five stanzas. The first letter of each stanza spells the poet's name in Hebrew- Mordechai (Mem, Reish, Dalet, Kaf, Yud).
(Joe's note: some of the Psalms are acrostic poems, covering all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order)
This liturgical piece thanks G-d for our deliverance from our oppressors, and expresses our desire to return to the Holy Temple. We have included the first stanza on this page. The four stanzas that follow this stanza tell the story of our exodus from Egypt and our liberation form Babylonia, Persia, and Syria. The fifth verse recounts the miracle of Hanukkah.
Maoz Tzur y'shuati 
L'cha naeh l'shabei-ach 
Tikon beit t'filati 
V'sham todah n'zabei-ach
L'eit tachin matbei-ach,
V'tzor ham-nabei-ach. 
Az egmor, b'shir mizmor, 
Chanukat hamizbei-ach.

Rock of Ages, my salvation,
You deserve much praise.
Rebuild my Temple,
And there we will give you great thanks.
It's time to strike back,

And defeat our enemy.
Then we will sing praises to You,
And re-dedicate our Temple! 

I'm having trouble finding a full set of five verses that I can copy and paste here. This page (click) has'em, but it has characters I can't display on my browser. Click here for MIDI and more background information. I don't think you're going to find Yiddish lyrics for this one, but I was proved wrong about that on "O Hanukkah."