The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Wisdom Which Camest Out

For Advent
At Even-song During the Eight Days Before Christmas

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 from the Latin Verses found in the Salisbury Antiphonary (Paris, 1519) by G. H. Palmer.

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: Rev. G. H. Palmer, ed., The Antiphons Upon Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis from the Salisbury Antiphoner (Wantage: S. Mary's Convent, 1930), pp. 9-13.

THE GREAT O ANTIPHONS

December 16. O Sapientia.

O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the most High, and reachest from one end to another, mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence. o i ou e a e

December 17. O Adonay.

O Adonay, and Leader of the house of Israel, who appearedst in the Bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the law in Sinai: Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm. o i ou e a e

December 18. O Radix Jesse.

O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not. o i ou e a e

December 19. O Clavis David.

O Key of David, and Sceptre the house of Israel; 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 the shadow of death. o i ou e a e

December 20. O Oriens.

O Day-spring, Brightness of Light everlasting, and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten him that sitteth in darkness, and the shadow of death. o i ou e a e

December 21. O Rex gentium.

O King of the nations, and their Desire, the Corner-stone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay. o i ou e a e

December 22. O Emmanuel.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God. o i ou e a e

December 23. O Virgo virginum.

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? for neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Hierusalem, why marvel ye at me? the thing which ye behold is a divine mystery. o i ou e a e

December 25. Christmas Day. At First Evensong. Dum ortus fuerit.

Or ever the sun be risen, ye shall see the King of kings, proceeding from the Father, as a bride-groom out of his chamber. o i ou e a e

December 25. Christmas Day. At Second Evensong. Hodie Christus natus est.

Today the Christ is born: to day hath a Saviour appeared: today on earth Angels are singing, Archangels rejoicing: today the righteous exult, and say: Glory to God in the highest, alleluya. o i ou e a e

Sheet Music to the Great O Antiphons, plus the antiphons for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from Rev. G. H. Palmer, ed., The Antiphons Upon Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis from the Salisbury Antiphoner (Wantage: S. Mary's Convent, 1930), pp. 9-14.

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Note:

Another translation that cited the Salisbury Antiphoner as its source was by John Mason Neale. See: O Wisdom, Which Camest Forth out of the Mouth of the Most High. Source: John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted - Parts I and II. (London: Novello, 1854, 1856), "The Great Advent Antiphons," pp. 207-209.

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