The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Draw Nigh, Draw Nigh, Emmanuel

Version 1

For Advent

The Desire of All Nations Shall Come

Words: Veni, Veni, Emanuel (the "O" Antiphons),
Authorship Unknown, 8th Century Latin;
Published As A Hymn in Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, 7th Edition, Köln, 1710.

Translated by Rev. John Mason Neale

Compare: Draw Nigh, Draw Nigh, Emmanuel (Neale, Version 2)
 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Version 1

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: John Mason Neale, ed., Medieval Hymns and Sequences, First Edition. London: Joseph Masters, 1851, pp. 119-120.

Note: The lyrics in this edition are different in many respects from the Second and Third Editions of Medieval Hymns, and from the 1851 and 1856 editions of The Hymnal Noted.

1. Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel
And loose Thy captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear;
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Is born for thee, O Israel!

2. O Rod of Jesse’s stem, arise,
And free us from our enemies,
And set us loose from Satan's chains,
And from the pit with all its pains!
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Is born for thee, O Israel!

3. Thou, the true East, draw nigh, draw nigh,
To give us comfort from on high!
And drive away the shades of night,
And pierce the clouds, and bring us light!
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Is born for thee, O Israel!

4. Key of the House of David, come!
Reopen Thou our heavenly home!
Make safe the way that we must go,
And close the path that leads below.
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Is born for thee, O Israel!

5. Ruler and Lord, draw nigh, draw nigh!
Who to Thy flock in Sinai
Didst give, of ancient times, Thy Law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Is born for thee, O Israel!

 

Editor's Note:

This translation was significantly modified by Rev. Neale in the Second Edition of Medieval Hymns and Sequences, and his other subsequent publications. See: Draw Nigh, Draw Nigh, Emmanuel (Neale, Version 2). That version would be modified to become the familiar O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

Also found in Rev. Joseph Oldknow, ed., Hymns and Introits (London: Masters & Son, 1870), #39, pp. 36-37.

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