The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.@Isaiah 9:2
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Joy F. Patterson (1931-)

Joy F. Patterson, 1994.

W Zlobie Lezy Polish carol; arranged by Edith M. Reed (🔊 pdf nwc).

Come, you people of the promise,
Sing for joy! The time is near!
God, the covenant fulfilling,
Soon among us will appear!
As proclaimed in prophet’s story,
Christ will come in humble glory—
God with us, Emmanuel!

Long in darkness we have waited,
Through the shadows made our way,
Gloom and sorrow our companions
As we longed for signs of day—
Great our need for hope and healing,
Some great light our God revealing,
God with us, Emmanuel!

God’s own Son shall dwell among us;
Shadows vanish in that light.
Earth shall know his peace and justice:
Christ who comes shall rule in might.
Let our joy dispel all sadness:
He who comes turns tears to gladness—
God with us, Emmanuel!