Famous Christmas Carols – Story Behind the Carol – “O come, O come, Emmanuel”


Those who lived in the days of the prophets yearned for the time when the Messiah, Emmanuel, would come to deliver them.

Jesus said:

For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Luke 10:24
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. John 8:56

This Carol was at first called “Draw Nigh, Draw Nigh, Emmanuel.” Emmanuel has come and we rejoice during the Christmas season remembering the blessings we enjoy because Emmanuel has come.

The author of this beautiful and meaningful hymn is unknown, but the words date back to the 12 century. We do know that John Neal translated the words from Latin to English in 1851. The lyrics come from many Biblical prophecies . 

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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O 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.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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