O Wisdom! Of the Father Bred
Words: Veni, Veni, Emanuel (the "O" Antiphons),
Authorship Unknown, 8th Century Latin;
Published: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710.
Translation by Dom Samuel Gregory Ould
Music: "Veni Emmanuel," 15th Century French Plain
Arranged and harmonized by Thomas Helmore in
Hymnal Noted, Part II (London: 1856)
Based on a 15th Century French Processional
(Some sources give a Gregorian, 8th Century origin.)
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Meter: 88 88 88
Source: Dom Samuel Gregory Ould and William Sewell, eds., The Book of Hymns with Tunes (London: Cary & Co., 1913), Hymn 5, "O Wisdom! Of the Father bred," pp. 6-7.
1. December 17. O Sapientia.
O Wisdom! Of
the Father bred,
How strong, how sweet Thy sway!
Come teach our wayward feet to tread
The strait and narrow way.
Unto Earth is given:
Break, O earth, a Saviour yield –
Fairest Flower of the Field.
2. December 18. O Adonai.
O Adonai! Thou
Thy people as of old;
Though now with hand outstretched to plead
And win us to Thy fold. Refrain.
3. December 19. O Radix Jessie.
O Root of
Jesse! Fruitful tree:
Before Thy royal sign
All men shall bow on bended knee,
And kings their crowns resign. Refrain
4. December 20. O Clavis David.
O Key of David! Set us fee
From sin's dark prison-place:
Be Thou our Conqueror! And we
The captives of Thy grace! Refrain.
5. December 21. O Oriens.
O Orient! Arise and make
The darksome valleys bright,
And from their deathly slumber wake
Our souls to greet Thy light. Refrain.
6. December 22. O Rex Gentium.
O King of Nations! 'Fore Thy throne
Shall Jew and Gentile pray:
O longed-for Saviour, save Thine own,
Whom Thou hast formed from clay. Refrain.
7. December 23. O Emmanuel.
Law-giver! Lord of Israel!
Thine own Messiah send
Whom men shall call Emmanuel –
God-with-us, till the end. Refrain.
Sheet music for "O Wisdom! Of the Father bred" from Dom Samuel Gregory Ould and William Sewell, eds., The Book of Hymns with Tunes (London: Cary & Co., 1913), Hymn 5, pp. 6-7.
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