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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 victory o'er the grave.

 

Refrain

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here.
And drive away the shades of night,
And pierce the clouds and bring us light!.
 

Refrain

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.

 

Refrain

O come, Desire of nations, bind

All peoples in one heart and mind; 

Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;

Fill all the world with heaven's peace.

Refrain

Words: Latin hymn; trans. by John M. Neale, 1851;

st. 5 Henry Sloane Coffin, 1916

Music: Plainsong; adapt. Thomas Helmore, 1854

© Public Domain

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