The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, O Divine Messiah!

For Advent

Words: Venez, divin Messie, Unknown Author
Translation: Dom Samuel Gregory Ould

Music: Not Stated
Meter:

Source: Dom Samuel Gregory Ould and William Sewell, eds., The Book of Hymns with Tunes (London: Cary & Co., 1913), Hymn 4, "Come, O Divine Messiah!," pp. 4-5.

1. Come, O divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
    When hope shall sing its triumph,
        And sadness flee away.

Refrain:

Sweet Saviour, haste: come, come to earth:
Dispel the night, and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
    Come, O divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
    When hope shall sing its triumph,
        And sadness flee away.

2. O Thou, Whom nations sighed for,
Whom priests and prophets long foretold,
    Wilt break the captive fetters,
        Redeem the long-lost fold. Refrain.

3. Shalt come in peace and meekness,
And lowly will Thy cradle be:
    All clothed in human weakness
        Shall we Thy Godhead see. Refrain.

Sheet music for "Come, O Divine Messiah!" from Dom Samuel Gregory Ould and William Sewell, eds., The Book of Hymns with Tunes (London: Cary & Co., 1913), Hymn 4, pp. 4-5.

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Sheet music for Venez, divin Messie from Ernest Myrand, ed., Noels Anciens De La Nouvelle-France. Second editioin. (Quebec: Dussalt & Proulx, 1899), pp. 137-138.
Described as a "Version Moderne (1897) D'Ernest Gagnon."

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Notes:

This French carol is found in numerous collections from the early 1800s, consisting of up to 7 stanzas. Another musical setting is "Laissez paître vos bétes" according to E. Barasse, ed., Recueil de noëls angevins (Angers, 1874), p. 59.

In Jean Nicolas Loriquet and François Seguin, eds., Recueil de cantiques spirituels (1824), p. 142, the tune was identified as No. 188, but as the text is all in French, and since its been 40+ years since my last French class, I'm unable to determine the name of the volume that contains the tune.

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