O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.
O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death's abode.
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.

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First Line:
O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel
Title:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Latin Title:
Veni, veni Emmanuel
Translator:
J. M. Neale (1851)
Meter:
8.8.8.8.8.8
Source:
Latin, c. 12th century; Ancient Antiphons (Latin), versified in 18th century
Language:
English; French
Refrain First Line:
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Copyright:
Public Domain
Liturgical Use:
Opening Hymns

Tune Information View on Hymnary

Title:
VENI EMMANUEL (Chant)
Composer:
Anonymous
Adapter:
Thom­as Hel­more
Meter:
8.8.8.8 with refrain
Copyright:
Public Domain