Whom priest and prophet long foretold,
Come break the captive fetters;
Redeem the long-lost fold.
“Dear Savior haste;
Come, come to earth,
Dispel the night and show your face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.”—“O Come,Divine Messiah!”, lyrics by Abbe Simon Pellegrin (1663-1745), English translation by Sister Mary of St. Philip, SND (1825-1904)
(The image accompanying this post, The Adoration of the Shepherds, was created between 1500 and 1535 by the Italian painter and architect Bartolomeo Suardi, best known as Bramantino. The oil-on-panel painting belongs to the art collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.)