O Come O Come Emmanuel

This Advent hymn was translated from Latin by John Mason Neale (1818-1866) in the mid 19th century.

It is almost always set to the tune VENI EMMANUEL which was set from a 15th century funeral hymn by Thom­as Hel­more in in 1856.

Historically, published versions have almost always been in the key of Em, but the sheet music below is in the slightly lower setting of Dm.



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Lyrics

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 Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

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.

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.

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.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times once gave the law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of humankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.


ABC Notation

X:1
T:O Come, O Come Emmanuel
C:Tune: Unknown - 15th century VENI EMMANUEL
C:Words: John Neale - translation of a 12th century Latin text
Z:abc-transcription www.GodSongs.net
M:2/2
L:1/8
K:Dm
D2| "Dm" F2 A2 "F" A2 A2 | "Gm"G2 B2 A2 "C" G2 |"F"F6 "Gm"G2 |
w:1~~~O come, O come, Em-man__u-el, and
w:2~~~O come, Thou Rod of Jes__se, free Thine
w:3~~~O come, Thou Day-Spring, come__ and cheer our
w:4~~~O come, Thou Key of Da__vid, come, And
w:5~~~O come, O come, Thou Lo_rd of might, Who
"F" A2 F2 "Bb" D2 F2 | "Gm"G2 E2 D2 C2 | "Dm"D6 "Gm"G2 |
w:1~~~ran-som cap-tive Is__ra-el, That
w:2~~~own from Sa-tan's ty__ran-ny. From
w:3~~~spir-its by Thine ad__vent here, dis-
w:4~~~op-en wide our hea__ven-ly home; Make
w:5~~~to Thy tribes, on Si__nai's height, in
G2 D2 D2 E2 | "F" F4 E2 D2 |"C" C6 "Dm"F2 |
w:1~~~mourns in lon-ely ex_ile here, un-
w:2~~~depths of Hell Thy pe_ople save, and
w:3~~~perse the gloo-my clouds_ of night and
w:4~~~safe the way that leads_ on high, and
w:5~~~an-cient times did'st give_ the Law, in
"C" G2 A2 "F" A2 A2 | "Gm"G2 B2 A2 "C" G2 | "F"F6 c2 |
w:1~~~until the Son of God__ ap-pear. Re-
w:2~~~give them vic-t'ry o'er__ the grave
w:3~~~death's dark sha-dows put__ to flight.
w:4~~~close the path to mi__se-ry.
w:5~~~cloud, and ma-je-sty__ and awe.
"C"c6 "Dm"A2 | "Am" A6 "F"A2 |"Gm"G2 B2 A2 G2 |
w:joice! Re-joice! Em-man__u-
"Dm"F2 G2 "F"A2 F2 | "Bb" D2 F2 "Gm"G2 E2 | D2 "Am" C2 "Dm"D4- |D4 z2|]
w:el shall come to thee, O Is__ra-el_.

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