I’ve been consistent through the years on a fondness for carols in general – and this one in particular. This is the first time I’ve actually looked it up on youtube, though. I’ve found some beautiful versions of this awe-inspiring carol. Here we have a proper choir and a proper organ – as perhaps God intended
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 thou branch of Jesse, draw
The quarry from the lion’s claw.
From the dread caverns of the grave,
From nether Hell thy people save.
O come, o come thou dayspring bright,
Pour on our souls thy healing light.
Dispel the long night’s ling’ring gloom
And pierce the shadows of the tomb.
O come, thou lord of David’s key,
The royal door fling wide and free,
Safeguard for us the heav’nward road
And bar the way to death’s abode.
O come, o come Adonai
Who in thy glorious majesty
From that high mountain clothed in awe
Gavest thy folk the elder law!