The Seven 'Great O' Antiphons (Robert Page)
- Editor: Jonathan Harris (submitted 2020-08-10). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 461 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: A simple but effective setting for SATB of the seven 'Great O' antiphons.
Title: The Seven 'Great O' Antiphons
Composer: Robert Page
First published: 2016
Original text and translations
I. O Sapientia
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
II. O Adonai
O adonai and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
come to redeem us with outstretched arm.
III. O Radix Jesse
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
IV. O Clavis David
O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel,
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
V. O Oriens
O Dayspring, splendour of light eternal
and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.
VI. O Rex Gentium
O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.
VII. O Emmanuel
O Emmanuel, our king and our law giver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.