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QUOTE (John Mason Neale) – Jan 24

January 24, 2014



English: John Mason Neale

“Oh 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 oh Israel

Oh come desire of nations bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our King of peace”
~ O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

In honor of John Mason Neale, “perhaps the most successful of all modern translators of hymns from the Latin and Greek”, who was born on this day in 1818.  “In 1851 he translated some Latin verses entitled “Veni, Veni, Emanuel” and produced the hymn Draw Nigh, Draw Nigh, Emmanuel, which became the well-known lyrics “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.””

I appreciate this description of John Mason Neale: “He was passionately fond of music, and had an exquisite ear for melody in words, but…

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