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)
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 Advent Anthems,” Sacred Hymns and Anthems (Leeds: G. Crawshaw, 1846), Hymns 5-11, pp. 10-11. There is a handwritten note on the inside cover of the volume scanned for Google Books: “Issued for St. Saviours, Leeds.” There is no mention of the name of the translator.

“From the 17th of December till Christmas Eve,
instead of the Hymn after the Third Collect,
one of these Anthems are to be used.”

Dec. 17. “O Sapientia."

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.

Dec. 18. “O Adonai.“

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.

Dec. 19. “O Radix Jesse."

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.

Dec. 20. "O Key of David."

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 bring the prisoner out of the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Dec. 21. “O Oriens."

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.

Dec. 22. “O Rex Gentium."

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.

Dec. 23. “O Emmanuel."

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

Editor's Note:

These anthems are also found, with two changed words and the addition of one anthem, in Rev. Joseph Oldknow, ed., Hymns and Introits (London: Masters & Son, 1870), pp. 46-48, with this instruction: "Anthems to be used at Evensong, from the 16th of December until Christmas Eve." The differing words are highlighted in yellow; the additional antiphon is O Sancte Sanctorum.

December 17 – O Adonai

O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel, Who appeardst to Moses in a flame of fire, and gave him the law in Sinai; Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.

December 21 – O Sancte Sanctorum

O Holy of Holies, Unspotted Mirror of the Majesty of God, and Image of His Goodness; Come and destroy our iniquities, and bring to us everlasting righteousness.

December 23 – O Emmanuel

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

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