Harold Macdonald's Muse

 

Sonnets of Advent The Great "O" Antiphons

 

William Marshall's O COME EMMANUEL -- Autumn 2007

 

The Great O Antiphons

 

 

 

 

Eight-branch

Stockholm Candelabra

by Ikea

 

 

 

King of Nations

O Rex Gentium

 

Harold Macdonald

The nations are unquiet yet they seek

a peace. Only with so many soldiers dead,

when slaughter has depleted citizens instead;

then peace may come and yet of war they speak. 

Kings do not build the world with one another,

Their labours fail without a Cornerstone.

Each makes an annex only for his own

Does not respect the bound’ries of the brother.

Peace comes to nations who obey the Christ

Surrendering their future to the King of kings

Giving ground until negotiation brings

A common structure based on sacrifice.

Only then, can citizens rejoice

praise God with heart and mind and voice.