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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Translated by John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1851. Latin Hymn, c. 12th Century.
Tune: VENI EMMANUEL arranged by Thomas Helmore (1811-1890), 1856 from a 15th Century processional Ancient Plain Song.
Key signature: E minor (1 sharp)
Time signature: 4/4
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
1. 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.
2. O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thy coming here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
3. O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heav’nly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And show the path that brings us nigh.