O Wisdom, Which Comest Out of the Mouth of the Most High
First appearing in St. Saviour's (Leeds) Sacred Hymns and Anthems (1846), and according to John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, repeated in K. Campbell's St. Andrew's Hymnal, 1850; Murray's Hymnal, 1852; in Hymns and Introits in the same year; and with the alteration of a word or two, and the addition of No. viii., in the enlarged edition of the Hymnal Noted, 1854.
Source: Rev. Joseph Oldknow, ed., Hymns and Introits (London: Masters & Son, 1870), pp. 46-48
Anthems to be used at Evensong, from the 16th of December until Christmas Eve.
December 16 – O Sapientia.
O Wisdom, Which comest 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.
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 18 – O Radix Jesse.
O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an Ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Thou Whom the Gentiles shall seek; Come and deliver us now, tarry not.
December 19 – O Clavis 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.
December 20 – 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.
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 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.
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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