O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This is the second in a series of posts leading up to Christmas 2016.  There will be four posts each with my arrangement of a well known Christmas carol.  I’m not going to explain anything about how I’ve made it my own or why I’ve done what I’ve done, but I hope you will listen to them and enjoy them.  I will give you the lyrics for each carol in case you’re interested though!

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.
Refrain: 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 grave.

O come, thou day-Spring, come and cheer our spirits by thy advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

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 mistry.

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.

The text was based on the Great O Antiphons from the 12th-13th centuries and was adapted by John Mason Neale.  The music is possibly a 13th century french tune arranged by Colin Mawby.


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