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O Come, O Come, Immanuel

Latin Hymn 1710
Translated by John Mason Neale 1851

Verse 1
O come, O come, Immanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 2
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 3
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny.
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 4
O Come, thou Day-spring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And deaths dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

Verse 5
O come, O 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! Immanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.