The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Draw Nigh, Draw Nigh, Emmanuel

Version 2

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 1)
 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Version 1

Music: "Veni Emmanuel," Based on a 15th Century French Processional,
Arranged by Rev. Thomas Helmore  and harmonized by Rev. S. S. Greatheed in
Hymnal Noted, Part II (London: 1856) and

Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted-Part II
(London: 1858)
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Meter: 88 88 88

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: John Mason Neale, ed., The Hymnal Noted - Part II, #65 (or 30), p. 131

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

2. Draw nigh, O Jesse’s Rod, draw nigh,
To free us from the enemy;
From Hell’s infernal pit to save,
And give us victory o’er the grave.
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Shall be born for thee, O Israel!

3. Draw nigh, Thou Orient, Who shalt cheer
And comfort by Thine Advent here,
And banish far the brooding gloom
Of sinful night and endless doom.
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Shall be born for thee, O Israel!

4. Draw nigh, draw nigh, O David’s Key,
The Heav’nly Gate will ope to Thee;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Shall be born for thee, O Israel!

5. Draw nigh, draw nigh, O Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes from Sinai’s height
In ancient time didst give the Law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
  Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
  Shall be born for thee, O Israel!

Sheet Music from John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds.,
 "Veni, Veni Emmanuel," #65 (or 30), p. 131
The Hymnal Noted - Part II
. London: Novello, 1856.

Ed. Note: The words in this edition are identical, and correspond exactly with the lyrics reproduced from the Second and Third Editions of Medieval Hymns and Sequences. (London: Joseph Masters), pp. 171-2.

Second Edition, 1863

Third Edition, 1867


There is this note from the gentle Dr. Neale at the bottom of the second page:

"Corrected from the first Edition [of Medieval Hymns] for the Hymnal Noted; and thence copied, with alterations, in the Hymns Ancient and Modern, and elsewhere."

Note: These lyrics would be reproduced in Medieval Hymns, Second Edition, 1863, and Third Edition of 1867.

Note from Neale:

This Advent Hymn is little more than a versification of some of the Christmas antiphons commonly called the O's.

Editor's Notes:

In his introduction to the section that contains this hymn, Neale notes that the origin of this (and the other seven hymns in the section) may "be referred to about the same date; namely, the thirteenth century." In the table of contents, however, he notes that these hymns are "Apparently of the Twelfth Century."

The Greater Antiphons, Hymnal Noted - Parts I and II (1856), pp. 207-209.

Hymns Ancient and Modern (London: Novello, 1867)


Also found in George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #8, with attribution to Neale, alt. Woodward gives the last two lines of each verse as:

Rejoice, rejoice, Immanuel
Is born for thee, O Israel.

Also found in Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), p. 15, who provides the correct chorus:

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall be born for thee, O Israel!

This hymnal provides two tunes: “Veni Emmanuel” (Ancient Plain Song; harmony by W. H. Monk) and “Bayham Abbey” (composed by Arthur H. Brown):

Also found in Rev. Benjamin Webb and Rev. William Cooke, The Hymnary (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1872), #103, pp. 83-84, with tunes "Ephretah" by W. J. Gauntlett ("Tune 1") and "Veni Emmanuel" by Charles Gounod ("Tune 2"):

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Sheet Music to "Veni Emmanuel" by Charles F. Gounod, 1872, from The Hymnal (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Church, 1896), No. 166.

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Sheet Music to "Hope" by William H. Squires, The Hymnal (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Church, 1896), No. 490.

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