Saturday, December 18, 2010

Music of the Christmas Season - Fifth Post

Robert Shaw Chorale

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel carol was originally written in Latin text in the 12th Century. The author of the words and composer to the music is unknown. It is, however believed that the melody was of French origin and added to the text a hundred years later. The Latin was translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1851.


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 victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


This song is sung across the nations by Christians who are waiting for Christmas day, the day we celebrate the Christ child's birth. For me this song exemplifies like no other the longing for the Christ child, and the need of the Saviour in our lives.

Linking to Ginger's and Charlotte's Spiritual Sundays. These two ladies provide a place on the net for spiritual writings, comments, videos and music.

picture credits:

Music of the Christmas Season and Light Show - Fourth post
Music of the Christmas Season - Third post
Music of the Christmas Season - Second post
Music of the Christmas Season - First post


  1. We sing that at church each Sunday during the Advent season. Such a beautiful hymn of praise.

  2. Hi Mya,

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful tribute to the King of kings. There is reason for me to rejoice; the reason is Christ.

    The history of this song conveys the sincerity and joy that the birth of Christ inspires.

    Blessings and peace.


  3. This has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. That's interesting that so little is known about its origin and composer.
    Happy Spirtitual Sunday :)

  4. This is one of my favorite hymns at Christmas! Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

  5. HI Mya...I've always loved this song even before I understood what they were singing about. I was raised Jewish and when we went moved over to the public school system from the Jewish christmas...they would sing this...and it even though I had no idea what it meant...I loved it. Thanks for posting it. Have a great weekend.

  6. I love this song. In fact, I've had it on my mind for days and go around singing or humming it.
    Blessings for a Merry Christmas.

  7. That was so beautiful. I have not heard it in such a long time . I have enjoyed all the music you have posted and listened to it many times. Have a lovely Christmas. Dottie

  8. They perform it so beautifully! Thanks for sharing and stopping by! (((HUGS)))

  9. Beautiful words and melody..Judy (no gimmicks required)

  10. That is one of my favorite Christmas praise and worship hymn songs! I love the traditional version as well as the many lovely contemporary versions. Thank you for this information about it. :)

  11. Mya thank you for bringing us such beautiful music...wishing you peace, joy and happiness and am so grateful to be sharing the blessings of our Savior.

  12. Thanks for sharing one of the all time great Christmas hymns.

    Mya, I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas :-)

    God Bless You, ~Ron

  13. The versions we both shared of this song were quite different, weren't they? (see my latest post) :) In my opinion, they are both beautiful in their own way. I do love the purity of accapella music ... hard to beat!