O Come, O Come Emmanuel

This well known carol is one of the oldest carols sung today: the text is based on antiphons (dating from Charlemagne's days) which traditionally would have been sung the days leading up to Christmas. The music is most likely from the 13th century and would have been sung as a chant. My arrangement of this beloved melody is recast in dorian mode, giving the harmonies a bit of a different flavor.

O come, O come, Emmanuel!

Redeem thy captive Israel

That into exile drear is gone

Far from the face of God's dear Son.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, thou Dayspring bright!

Pour on our souls they healing light;

Dispel the long night's lingering gloom,

And pierce the shadows of the tomb.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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