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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

About the Song

There are at least eight verses available for this traditional plainsong–I chose these three simply out of personal preference.

If you’re performing this with women’s voices, have the alto sing the top harmony an octave lower.

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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

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Lyrics

Oh, come, oh, 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 Dayspring, 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!

Oh, come, Desire of nations,
bind In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

6 Comments

  1. Strings

    I adapted this arrangement for violin a couple of years ago. It’s still one of my favorites to perform and sounds absolutely fabulous on the violin (I find that songs in a minor key are wonderful for the violin). Thanks so much!

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  2. Vernena

    Sally, Thank you for the beautiful arrangement of this Christmas Song. My daughter and I will be singing it at a Christmas concert and this is my favorite arrangement. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  3. Greg Nathan

    Hi Sally,

    A fellow elder and I perform “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” in Church today as part of our Ward’s Sacrament program. Thanks for the lovely setting of this piece. I interpreted it for my instrument, the doubler bass. There were lots of favorable comments on our rendition. Thanks again for your work on this, and all that you do. Best regards. Sincerely. Greg

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  4. Carol

    Heard the hymn on public radio and earched for the lyrics on Google and found your rendition. Thanks because it gives me the lyrics and someone to sing Carols with. Nicely done. Happy Holidays!

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  5. Thom Carden

    Sally, thank you so much. Beautiful arrangements as always. Your recorded vocal helps so much by allowing me to rehearse with accompanist with out her present and rehearse solos over and over. Thank you again and God Bless in your talented efforts.

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  6. Stan Jackson

    I just discovered this beautiful Christmas hymn for the first time yesterday, played by the Piano Guys of St. George with pictures of the Savior in the background. I wanted to know more and then I found this site where you sing it. Now I can learn the words too. I am so happy. Your rendition is perfect. I listen to it about 5 times a day. I even downloaded it to my harddrive so I will always have it. Thank you so much. Stan Jackson

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