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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Favorite Carols - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Now that Thanksgiving has past, for the next several weeks I'm going to post my favorite Carols. First up is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, an old carol that isn't sung as much as some more famous carols, but is full of references to prophecies of the coming of the Messiah. It seems appropriate, therefore, that this should be the first carol that I post.

A beautiful instrumental version of the hymn starts off Jeff Johnson's Centerpoint: Poetry and Music for Christmas (a little over half way down the page). Tuesday I plan on posting one of the poems from this collection.

Cyberhymnal once again provides more verses than our typically in our hymnals. I will post all the verses here, because they each speak to some aspect of our Lord's character and mission.

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.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankfully, my church shares my deep affection for this hymn. In years past, we've sung this every week during Advent - starting with one or two verses and then adding another every week.

We sing a slightly modified text for the "O Come Desire of nations" verse (which I prefer, honestly).

9:14 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great one...

4:09 PM EST  

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