December 18, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Adonai

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 7:14 pm by davebayne

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 and redeem us with an outstretched arm
~ Original O Antiphon for December 18

O Adonai Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite
Unsayable, you chose to speak one tongue,
Unseeable, you gave yourself away,
The Adonai, the Tetragramaton
Grew by a wayside in the light of day.
O you who dared to be a tribal God,
To own a language, people and a place,
Who chose to be exploited and betrayed,
If so you might be met with face to face,
Come to us here, who would not find you there,
Who chose to know the skin and not the pith,
Who heard no more than thunder in the air,
Who marked the mere events and not the myth.
Touch the bare branches of our unbelief
And blaze again like fire in every leaf.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

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