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O Come, O come, Emmanuel

VENI IMMANUEL - Traditional
  • 5 verses

And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lowly exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, thou Lord of might
Who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, thou key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make straight the path that leads on high
And close the path to misery.

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.

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.

From 'Great O Antiphons', tr J M Neale 1818-1866