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mruppert
Posted 12/19/2011 6:00 PM (#22757)
Subject: One of the Strangest Carols..............



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Hello all:

     This is truly one of the strangest and mysterious carols ever written................and it is quite haunting:

 

 

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 Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.  

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John W. Kelly
Posted 12/19/2011 7:58 PM (#22758 - in reply to #22757)
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It sounds more like a song from the Old Testament. But then look at our national anthem...a British drinking song about Anacreon.
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leo
Posted 12/19/2011 11:48 PM (#22760 - in reply to #22757)
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Hey PsychoMarty, Strangly, I can remember singing this hymn while a member of the teen choir. (1959-1962) Church of the Nazarene Canoga Park, CA.

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FoxFires
Posted 12/20/2011 2:47 PM (#22763 - in reply to #22757)
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Hey Marty,
Yes this deems different, as you indicate, but haunting would not be my description of this unique comes up in my thoughts fer this
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Paul Joseph
Posted 12/20/2011 5:37 PM (#22764 - in reply to #22763)
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This has always been one of my favourite carols;

well, when I say, 'always', I am not sure how far I am going back ...

then again, when I say 'carol', that is equally equivocal, as I seem to remember from my old school hymn books that technically this is an 'advent hymn';

ie, a carol is, on those lines, a song of praise for the birth of the infant Jesus, omnipotent, omniscient all-creator/creatrix God/Goddess Divine made human bairn/babe from her own free volitional will, becoming helpless new-born in the hands of woman and man (and in a cowshed to boot)

whereas, O Come O Come Emmanuel, in advent, still sings to me of the longing for the Chosen One to come; like in old friend John W. Kelly's post, always for me rang more of the ancient Hebraic psalms and longing for the one for whom we yearn, yet whom we are never sure will arrive ....

So, ok, to take the imagery further, and sorry if I sound preachy, but the Christian incarnation idea means that somehow we are left to do it ourselves: for the God in each of us and you and me and ourselves too :-

Yet so though that links with all this Aadvayita incarnating idealizing imagery that we are all the One anyway, just need to unlearn what we have learnt (oops, here comes Socrates..) get back to the Garden (thanks, dearest Joni Mitchell)

then do it all again ....

Edited by Paul Joseph 12/20/2011 5:40 PM
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mruppert
Posted 12/21/2011 8:14 PM (#22770 - in reply to #22757)
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Hello to  those that have read and those that will read......Season's Greetings!

 If you have the inclination please give a view to this version:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgcTKehpGcQ   (Copy and paste...you will not regret it!)
I edited this to make it a link so copy/paste isn't needed. Zy

 

This ABSOLUTELY sent me back in time and blew me away to another universe......notice the hand gestures which are, in some traditions, the common speech of healing and reconciliation. I am in AWE!!!

 

Peace and Two Hurled Gloves....nonono....Two Turtle Doves, 

PsychoMarty, Luckylee, Poppyhead

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moonqueen
Posted 12/21/2011 10:22 PM (#22773 - in reply to #22757)
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Mruppet,

That was wonderful! What a fanastic voice she has and those instruments I have to look into, very different and otherworldly I have to agree! Thank you for sharing it! :-)
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Posted 12/22/2011 3:54 PM (#22792 - in reply to #22773)
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I also enjoyed this very much. I edited the post to make the link clickable, opening in a new window or tab, so that it doesn't have to be copied and pasted.

Thank you for sharing!

Zy

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