The time is nigh

Veni, Veni Emmanuel,
Captivum solve Isreal
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio,
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Isreal.

(Oh Come oh come, Emmanuel, English hymn
Latin translation Germany 1710 /
musical tune, French 15ht century)

(inner working of victorian clock / Julie Cook / 2014)

In the bleak midwinter
by Christina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

5 comments on “The time is nigh

  1. Lynda says:

    My favourite Christmas hymn is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” – I think it is not only the words but also the tune. What a marvellous retreat this weekend focussing on “Living Advent with Mary” as we experienced Mary’s humanity and her relationship with her Son. Many prayers poured from my heart for you and for your family and those who frequent your blog.

    • Lynda, I’m so glad the retreat was a blessing!! I thank you always for your prayers—and that your also prayed for all who visit the blog—so heartfelt and moving!!! thank you!!
      lots of love and hugs to Canada—Julie

  2. prior says:

    wonderful – love this song – and cool image 🙂 ❤

  3. Oh, my, what a lovely post and poem! It really set the stage well for what’s to come, for that which we await! Hugs, N ❤

  4. lljostes says:

    And may He be enough for us this Advent Season and always! Thank you for this reflective post–so much better than the “holiday” jingles screeching across the airwaves. God’s peace ~ Laura

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