O: The Magnificat Antiphons, part III
3. O Radix Jesse
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
What we need is fruit.
Come, Bathesheba’s soft sweet apricots,
Come seedful figs of David’s Mom.
Come, O come, barley from Ruth’s basket.
Be scattered and tossed,
carried by birds to God-knows-where.
Choke the thorns,
cover the highways with green,
bear and bear your million-fold.