14 Propter hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis signum : ecce virgo concipiet, et pariet filium, et vocabitur nomen ejus Emmanuel.
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
Of all the Advent and Christmas music that I love Veni, Veni Immanuel is very high up on my list of favourites. No doubt this is party because I have very happy memories of singing it as a child but I also love the sense of anticipation and hope that this 12thcentury lyrical paraphrase of the famous 'O'antiphons expresses so well. (The antiphons are considerably older than the hymn they date from the 8th century and are each named after a name or attribute of Christ mentioned in the bible). The name Immanuel translates as 'I shall soon be with you' while the hymn's name translates into English "Oh come, oh come, God be with us" and its name and its calls at the start of each of its verses for Christ to come soon and redeem us captures the very essence of Advent. The melody as we know it today is about eight hundred years old and is of French origin it's sung below by the Gesualdo Six. Enjoy :-)