Rorate Caeli, The Advent Prose

Appointed to be sung at Benediction during Advent, the Rorate Caeli is a meditation on our desperate need for the Lord. References from the Old Testament remind us of the darkness of e world before it knew the light of Christ yet provide a stark meditation on the state of our world which awaits the second coming. After verses of lamentation and the refrain pleading for the Messiah, the final verse offers the hope of deliverance.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people;
my salvation shall not tarry:
why wilt thou waste away in sadness?
why hath sorrow seized thee?
Fear not, for I will save thee:
For I am the Lord thy God,
the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

I love this old recording. Something about the emotion and the French accent.

See the description on the YouTube video for the translation of the text.