The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

For Advent

Words: Veni, Veni Emmanuel! (the "O" Antiphons),
Authorship Unknown, 8th Century Latin;
Published: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710.

Translation by John Mason Neale and Henry Sloane Coffin

Tune: Veni Emmanuel, Six 8s, Ancient Plain Song, 13th Century.

Source: Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. Revised. (New York: A. S. Barnes Company, 1916), #37.

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

1. O come, o come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel;
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
    Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
    Shall come to Thee, O Israel!

2. O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.
    Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
    Shall come to Thee, Israel!

3. O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven's peace.
    Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
    Shall come to Thee, Israel!

Sheet Music for "Veni Emmanuel," Six 8s, Ancient Plain Song, 13th Century, from Coffin and Vernon, Hymns of the Kingdom of God (1916), #37.

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Note in Text:

"Based on Ancient-Latin Antiphons: v. 1 translated by John M. Neale, 1851, 71. vv. 2 and 3 translated  by Henry S. Coffin, 1916."

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