This arrangement based on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” trades the familiar theme among all four voices, with each part taking its turn accompanying, yet it easily maintains the stylistic integrity of that beloved melody.
A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son
and his name shall be called Emmanuel
Emmanuel captivum solve Israel
qui gemit in exilio
privatus Dei Filio
Emmanuel nacetur prote Israel
O come, thou branch of Jesse,
draw the quarry from the lion’s claw,
from the dread caverns of the grave,
from nether hell thy people save.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel
Veni, veni O Oriens;
O come, O come thou day spring bright!
Pour on our souls thy healing light.
Noctis depelle nebulas.
Dirasque noctis tenebras.
Emmanuel shall come to us, O Israel.
Veni, veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel
O come, behold, Emmanuel.
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