The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Wisdom Which Camest Out of the Mouth of the Most High

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.

Translator: Unknown

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)

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: Horatio Nelson (3rd Earl Nelson), ed., A Manual of Family Prayer. Fifth Edition. (London: James Parker & Co., 1877), pp. 106-108.

December 16. O Sapientia.

Wisdom viii. 1, 2. 'Wisdom reacheth from one end to another: mightily and sweetly doth she order all things.'

O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things; Come and teach us the way of understanding.

December 17. O Adonai.

Isaiah lxiii. 8, 9. 'For He said, Surely they are My people, children that will not lie: so He was their Saviour. In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them ; and He bare them, and carried them all in the days of old.'

O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who appearedst to Moses in a flame of fire in the bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai; Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.

December 18. O Radix Jesse.

Isaiah xi. 10. 'And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.'

O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Thou to Whom the Gentiles shall seek; Come and deliver us now, tarry not.

December 19. O Clavis David.

Is. xxii. 22, 23. 'And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.'

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, Thou that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth; Come and living the prisoner out of the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 20. O Oriens.

Mai. iv. 2. 'But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.'

O Orient Brightness of the everlasting Light, and Sun of Righteousness; Come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22. O Rex Gentium.

Hag. ii. 6, 7. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land-; and I will shake all nations, and the Desire of all nations will come : and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.'

O King and Desire of all nations, Thou Corner Stone, Who hast made both one; Come and save man, whom Thou formedst from the clay.

December 23. O Emmanuel.

Isaiah vii. 14. 'Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.'

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, Hope of the Gentiles, and their Saviour; Come and save us, O Lord our God.

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