O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Christmas Hymn)

O come, O come, Emmanuel
Translated from Latin to English by John Neale (1851)

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 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.

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, 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

This version of the song is a little bit different than the version I am familiar with, but it’s an equally good one.  Christmas is all about Emmanuel coming to Earth.  We can, as the first verse says, Rejoice! because Emmanuel has come.  Christmas time is a wonderful time because it is the time that we celebrate that fact!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing, Ben,

    In recent years, this has become one of my favourite Christmas songs.

    Blessings,
    ann

    Reply

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