an advent song

VENI EMMANUEL (French, 15th century)

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 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

O come, Desire of nations, bind... All people in one heart and mind
Bid envy strife and quarrels cease... Fill all the world with heaven's peace

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