O Come, O Come Emmanuel (8th Century)
Anonymous Latin Hymn
The text of this Advent hymn comes from a seven verse poem that dates back to at least the 8th Century, making it one of the oldest hymns in our hymn book. In its original form, it was often used in a call-and-response fashion. The tune VENI EMMANUEL was adapted from music written for a French 15th Century requiem mass that was adapted for this text in 1859.