A mysterious opening with optional narration begins this wonderful anthem from the pen of Pepper Choplin. A quiet yearning is followed by increasing excitement for the coming of the Christ child as voices and accompaniment reflect a mood of anticipation. The final strains burst into an exhilarating choral exhortation of “Emmanuel. Come!” (From the cantata “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem,” SATB–65/2029L; SAB–65/2030L.).
Bible Reference: Psalm 25:1–10, Isaiah 9:2–7, Matthew 1:18–25, Matthew 24:36–44, 1 Corinthians 1:3–9, Philippians 4:4–7