“O come, O come Emmanuel”

Sung by Irish singer, Enya – “O Come, O come Emmanuel” is the mid-19th century translation by John Mason Neale and Henry Sloane Coffin of the Ecclesiastical Latin text “Veni, veni, Emmanuel”.  It is a metrical version of the O Antiphons from the final week of Advent vespers, which now serves as a popular 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.

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