The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Thou, Whose Name is “God With Us”

For Advent

December 23, called O Immanuel

This is one in a series of seven hymns based on The Seven Great 'O' Antiphons.

Words: "O Emmanuel," one of the Great O Antiphons for Advent
Translation by Rev.
John Mason Neale
See: O Emmanuel by Abbott Prosper Louis Guéranger, O.S.B.

Music: "Old Melody" from The Hymnary, #125.

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, Hymns For Children. A Third Series. (1854), Third Edition (London: Joseph Masters, 1867),  pp. 11-12.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

O Immanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all Nations, and their Saviour: Come, and save us, O Lord, our God.

1. O Thou, Whose Name is God with us,
    For Thou with man art One,
And, putting on his nature, thus
    Wouldst succour the undone:

2. Not as a King Thou comest now;
    No gold Thy Throne adorns:
No royal crown is on Thy Brow,
    Except a crown of thorns.

3. Thou com’st to suffer scorn and pain,
    And die upon the Tree;
And all because Thou didst ordain
    To make us one with Thee.

4. Thou com’st a holy law to teach,
    A perfect rule to set,
Give blind their sight, and dumb their speech,
    And be rejected yet.

5. Oh, make us one with Thee below,
    In heart, and will, and love;
And when our time draws nigh to go,
    Still keep us one above!

6. We wait in faith, we wait in prayer,
    Until the happy morn
When Thou shalt come our flesh to share,
    And for our sakes be born.

7. To God, from Whom our blessings spring,
    All praise and glory be:
Like glory to the coming King,
    And, Holy Ghost, to Thee!

Sheet Music from William Cooke and Benjamin Webb, eds., The Hymnary – A Book of Church Song (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1872), #125, p. 104.


Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 347-348, citing Matthew 1:22-23: "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."  (KJV).

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