“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Chorus:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

Verse 2:
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.

Chorus

Verse 3:
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.

Chorus

Verse 4:
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.

Chorus

 

Words: Latin Hymn (c. 12th century); translated st. 1,2 by John Mason Neale (1818-1866);
translated st. 3,4 by Henry Sloane Coffin (1877-1954)

Music: Ancient Plainsong; adapted by Thomas Helmore (1811-1890)
Words and Music public domain.
pianist: E. Zacek