Monday, 17 December 2012

'O come, O come, Emmanuel!'

For the 'beginning of the end' of Advent: 
The English Hymnal translation (which omits today's O Sapientia antiphon!) of Veni, veni, Emmanuel, sung here by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge conducted by Timothy Brown.

O Sapientia

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, 
attingens a fine usque ad finem, 
fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: 
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.


  1. Is this the EH translation? I thought the EH version was quite different. This one always makes me think of Hymns A&M.

  2. It's certainly the translation in the English Hymnal I have open in front of me! The A & M version is probably the better known and is the translation by John Mason Neale.

  3. I should add that the English Hymnal (1906) translation is by one of the original editors, T.A. Lacey


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