The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Thou, Whose Name is “God With Us”

For Advent

December 23, called O Immanuel

This is one in a series of seven hymns based on the Seven Great “O” Antiphons.

Words: "O Emmanuel," one of the Great O Antiphons for Advent
See: O Emmanuel by Abbott Prosper Louis Guéranger, O.S.B.

Music: "Old Melody" from The Hymnary, #125.

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: William Cooke and Benjamin Webb, eds., The Hymnary – A Book of Church Song (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1872), #125, p. 104.

O Immanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all Nations, and their Saviour: Come, and save us, O Lord, our God.

O Thou, Whose Name is “God with us,”
    For Thou with man art One,
And, putting on his flesh, would'st save
    His race from exile long;

Not as a King Thou comest now;
    No gold Thy throne adorns;
No royal crown is on Thy Head;
    Thine is the crown of throrns.

Thou com'st to suffer scorn and pain,
    To die upon the tree;
To save Thy people from their sins,
    And make us one with Thee.

Oh, make us one with Thee below,
    In heart, and will, and love;
And make us, when this life is o'er,
    Still one with Thee above.

We wait in faith, we wait in prayer,
    Until the happy morn
When Thou didst come our flesh to share,
    And for our sakes be born.

To Thee, from Whom our blessings spring,
    O Father, glory be;
Like glory to Immanuel;
    And, Holy Ghost, to Thee. Amen.

Sheet Music from William Cooke and Benjamin Webb, eds., The Hymnary – A Book of Church Song (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1872), #125, p. 104.

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