The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come Immanuel, Hear Our Call

For Advent

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

Translation: Anonymous but attributed to Dr. Macgill by some sources

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)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
Melody Only: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

Meter: 88 88 88

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Edinburgh: Andrew Elliott, 1885), pp. 32-33, No. 29

1. O Come! Immanuel, hear our call,
And free Thine Israel from her thrall;
She groans in exile, far from Thee,
And longs the Son of God to see.
Rejoice, O Israel! Wherefore mourn?
Immanuel comes, thy Brother born.

2. O Come! thou Rod of Jesse, come!
Lead Thy down-trodden pilgrims home;
From hoof of ruthless foe them save,
From doleful pit and dreary grave.
Rejoice, O Israel! Wherefore mourn?
Immanuel comes, thy Brother born.

3. O Come! Thou Dawn of holier day!
And glad us by Thy heavenly ray;
Our dark clouds scatter by Thy light;
Disperse the shades of death and night.
Rejoice, O Israel! Wherefore mourn?
Immanuel comes, thy Brother born.

4. O come, throw wide the gates of heaven,
Thou, to whom David's key is given;
Make safe a pathway from below,
And close the way that leads to woe.
Rejoice, O Israel! Wherefore mourn?
Immanuel comes, thy Brother born.

5. O Come! O Come! Thou Lord of lords,
Whose law, with trump and voice of words,
From Sinai's awful brow was given,
Thy glory filling earth and heaven.
Rejoice, O Israel! Wherefore mourn?
Immanuel comes, thy Brother born.

Print Page Return Home Page Close Window

If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.