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Whitney Houston ft Mervyn Warren of Take 6 - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Arista Records 2003)

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2010

O come, O come, Emmanuel is a translation of the Latin text ("Veni, veni, Emmanuel") by John Mason Neale and Henry Sloane Coffin in the mid-19th century. It is a metrical version of a collation of various Advent Antiphons (the acrostic O Antiphons), which now serves as a popular Advent and Christmas hymn. Its origins are unclear, it is thought that the antiphons are from at least the 8th Century, but "Veni, veni Emmanuel" may well be 12th Century in origin. The text is based on the biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14 that states that God will give Israel a sign that will be called Immanuel (Lit.: God with us). Matthew 1:23 states fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Oh come, oh come Emanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of God appears

Rejoice, rejoice
Emanuel shall come to thee
Oh Israel

Oh come, desire of nations, bind
Bind as one, the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou, our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our King of peace

Rejoice, rejoice
Emanuel shall come to thee
Oh Israel

Rejoice, rejoice
Emanuel shall come to thee
Oh Israel

Rejoice, rejoice
Emanuel shall come to thee
Oh Israel

Rejoice, rejoice
Emanuel shall, He's gonna come
Oh Israel

Don't you worry, God's gonna be there
Emanuel, He's gonna come
Oh Israel

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