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Lyr Req: Rock Of Ages/Mo Oz Tzur (sp?)

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Subject: Rock Of Ages/Mo Oz Tzur (sp?)
From: Genie
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:06 AM

Can someone post the Yiddish (and English) lyrics to the Hanukkah song "Rock Of Ages," which I think it "Mo Oz Tzur" in Yiddish. Hebrew lyrics would be good, too.



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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock Of Ages/Mo Oz Tzur (sp?)
From: Sorcha
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:39 AM

Here is one--Click me!
Here is another--Here!
Put "Maoz Tzur" into Google and follow the links.....

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Subject: ADD: Rock Of Ages / Maoz Tzur
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 03:16 AM

That first link Sorcha gave is very interesting. I wonder when she's going to get tired of my nagging her to post BOTH links and lyrics [grin]
-Joe Offer-

Maoz Tzur is an acrostic poem written for Hanukkah in the 13th century and has five stanzas. The first letter of each stanza spells the poet's name in Hebrew- Mordechai (Mem, Reish, Dalet, Kaf, Yud).
(Joe's note: some of the Psalms are acrostic poems, covering all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order)
This liturgical piece thanks G-d for our deliverance from our oppressors, and expresses our desire to return to the Holy Temple. We have included the first stanza on this page. The four stanzas that follow this stanza tell the story of our exodus from Egypt and our liberation form Babylonia, Persia, and Syria. The fifth verse recounts the miracle of Hanukkah.
Maoz Tzur y'shuati 
L'cha naeh l'shabei-ach 
Tikon beit t'filati 
V'sham todah n'zabei-ach
L'eit tachin matbei-ach,
V'tzor ham-nabei-ach. 
Az egmor, b'shir mizmor, 
Chanukat hamizbei-ach.

Rock of Ages, my salvation,
You deserve much praise.
Rebuild my Temple,
And there we will give you great thanks.
It's time to strike back,

And defeat our enemy.
Then we will sing praises to You,
And re-dedicate our Temple! 

I'm having trouble finding a full set of five verses that I can copy and paste here. This page (click) has'em, but it has characters I can't display on my browser. Click here for MIDI and more background information. I don't think you're going to find Yiddish lyrics for this one, but I was proved wrong about that on "O Hanukkah."

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock Of Ages/Mo Oz Tzur (sp?)
From: Sorcha
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 02:04 PM

So, whaddya want, Joe, perfection?? I just learn to do internal clickies, and you want perfection?? (grin)It was late, and I figured I'd go back and get them today, but ya did a fine job yourself!

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Subject: ADD: Rock Of Ages/Mo'Oz Tzur
From: Genie
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 03:51 PM

Thanks, Sorcha and Joe!

Here is singable English version (the same one that is in "Rise Up Singing" and "Singing The Living Tradition" [UU Hymnal]).  (I'm out of town without my books, and wanted the lyrics for tomorrow night.)

                                                         Rock of Ages (Maoz Tzur)

                                                         Rock of ages, let our song
                                                         Praise your saving power.
                                                         You* amid the raging foes
                                                         Were our sheltering tower.

                                                         Furious they assailed us,
                                                         But your arm availed us
                                                         And your word broke their sword
                                                         When our own strength failed us.
                                                         And your word broke their sword
                                                         When our own strength failed us.

                                                         Children of the wanderers,
                                                         Whether free or fettered,
                                                         Wake the echoes of the songs
                                                         Where you may be scattered.

                                                         Yours the message cheering
                                                         That the time is nearing
                                                         Which will see all men free,
                                                         Tyrants disappearing.
                                                         Which will see all men free,
                                                         Tyrants disappearing.

*Some versions use "Thou," "Thine," etc., in lieu of "you," "your," etc.


                                                         Maoz tzur y'shuati
                                                         L'cha na-eh l'shabey-ach
                                                         Tikon beyt t'filati
                                                         V'sham toda n'za-bey-ach
                                                         L'eyt tachin mat-bey-ach
                                                         mi-tzar ha-m'na-bey-ach
                                                         Az egmor, b'shir mizmor
                                                         Chanukat ha-miz-bey-ach

BTW, if the song has been translated into Ladino, I'm sure the Sephardic residents at the retirement home where I'm singing tomorrow evening would love to hear that, too!

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock Of Ages/Mo Oz Tzur (sp?)
From: Jack The Lad
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 04:10 PM

I always thought it went thusly,

Maoz Tzur Yeshuati, The cat's in the cupboard and you can't catch me.

They don't sing it like that in Israel though. Jack The Lad who is surrounded by doughnuts.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rock Of Ages/Mo Oz Tzur (sp?)
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 12:36 AM

Very funny, Jack. ; D

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