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O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home

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    emersonmFeb 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm
    It should be noted that neither this song, nor Christianity have anything to do with the beating of Muslims (as was suggested by a previous blogger). It was said that the song "O come, O come, Emmanuel" was a "crusader song", but it was written in the mid-19th century (a translation of the Ecclesiastical Latin text "Veni, veni, Emmanuel"), while the military crusades took place centuries before in the Middle Ages; sadly, sanctioned under the then empowered Latin Catholic Church for reasons that had nothing to do with actual Christianity. Likewise the mention of Satan in this song is not a reference to Muslims but rather a reference to the original biblical text which was written some 600 years before Muslims even existed. The line "...and ransom captive Israel" refers to the great price Jesus paid in blood for the freedom of all who would be free (Arab, Israeli or otherwise). This song is meant to be an encouragement anyone who would be free of the captivity of sin and spiritual death. Nothing more.
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    UnregisteredDec 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    The song is actually, as I understand it, a crusader song that implies a literal not merely symbolic beating of Satan with the rod (the rod itself symbolically refers to Jesus but perhaps also carries a dual meaning including a literal one implying a weapon). Satan is arguably equated here with the then-current rulers of Israel: Muslims. Beautiful song but one with some disturbing connotations for me anyway.

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