Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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 Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them vict'ry o'er the grace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel!

"O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer,
Our spirits by Thine advent ehre;
And drive away the shades of night,
And pierce the clouds and bring us light!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel!

"O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel!"

-Latin Hymn, 12th century; trans. John M. Neale, 1818-1866

3 comments:

ju said...

What GOOD words! Thanx for posting this!

Leah said...

This is one of my favorite songs!

Rosebud said...

Ah, lovely! I love the words to this one! =)