O come, O come Emmanuel


O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go. Refrain

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan's tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory over the grave. Refrain

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death's dark shadows put to flight. Refrain

O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery. Refrain

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

O come, thou Root of Jesse's tree,
an ensign of thy people be;
before thee rulers silent fall;
all peoples on thy mercy call. Refrain

O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace. Refrain

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear. Refrain


Words: Latin, twelfth century;
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1851

MIDI: Veni Emmanuel (fifteenth century plainsong)

Meter: 88 88 88

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 036 Veni Emmanuel  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 013 Sheffield  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 013 Veni Emmanuel, Surrey  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 013 Veni Emmanuel  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 013 Veni Emmanuel  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 499 Veni Emmanuel  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 049 Veni Emmanuel  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 045 Veni Emmanuel  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 045 Veni Emmanuel  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 045 Veni Emmanuel, Veni Emmanuel (Gounod)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 045 Veni Emmanuel  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 045 Veni Emmanuel, Veni Emmanuel (Gounod)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 045 Veni Emmanuel, Veni Emmanuel (Gounod)  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 079 Veni Emmanuel, Spires  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 047 Veni Emmanuel (Gounod)  
The English Hymnal, 1906 008 Veni Emmanuel  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 063 Veni Emmanuel, Veni Emmanuel (Gounod)  
The Hymnal 1916 066 Veni Emmanuel  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 078 Veni Emmanuel  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 073 Veni Emmanuel  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
044 Veni Emmanuel  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 044 Veni Emmanuel  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 066 Veni Emmanuel  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 062 Veni Emmanuel  
The Hymnal 1940 002 Veni Emmanuel  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 049 Veni Emmanuel  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 050 Veni Emmanuel  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 083 Veni Emmanuel  
The Hymn Book 1971 390 Veni Emmanuel  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 193 Veni Emmanuel  
The Hymnal 1982 056 Veni Emmanuel  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 026 Veni Emmanuel  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 011 Veni Emmanuel  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 066 Veni Emmanuel  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 358 Veni Emmanuel  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 089 Veni Emmanuel  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 265 Veni Emmanuel  
Sing Glory, 1999 338 Veni Emmanuel  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 493 Veni Emmanuel  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 032 Veni Emmanuel  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 480 Veni Emmanuel  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 135 Veni Emmanuel  

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