Veni, veni, Emanuel

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This disc comes in an attractive 4-panel wallet-style format, with a CD sleeves. There is no plastic tray, which makes for a greener (and more lightweight) package. The CD allows listeners to share the beauty, excitement, intensity and variety found in a Blue Heron concert performance. It includes plainchant, carols, and other music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England. It is comprised entirely of tracks recorded live at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in December 2013.

    The package includes a booklet with notes by Music Director Scott Metcalfe.

    Including unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Veni, veni, Emanuel!
Captivum solve Israel,
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei filio.
Gaude! gaude! Emanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, O Jesse Virgula!
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ, et antro barathri.

Veni, veni, O Oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.

Veni, Clavis Davidica!
Regna reclude celica,
Fac iter tutum superum,
Et claude vias inferum.

Veni, veni, Adonaï,
Qui populo in Sinaï
Legem dedisti vertice
In maiestate glorie.

13th century French?

Come, O come, Emmanuel!
Redeem captive Israel,
who laments in exile,
deprived of the son of God.
Rejoice! rejoice! Emanuel
shall be born to you, O Israel.

Come, O Rod of Jesse!
From the enemy’s claws,
from the pit of hell
lead your people, and from the maw of the abyss.

Come, come, O Morning Star!
Console us with your coming,
dispel the gloom of night,
and pierce the nocturnal shadows.

Come, Key of David!
Open wide the heavenly kingdom,
make safe the road above,
and bar the ways to hell.

Come, come, Adonai,
who on the mount of Sinai
gave your people the Law
in glorious majesty.


from Christmas in Medieval England, released October 9, 2015
Hymn (13th-century French?)

David McFerrin and Men



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