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Thread #26683 Message #358889
Posted By: Haruo
18-Dec-00 - 02:45 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Latin for O Come O Come Emmanuel
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Latin for O Come O Come Emmanuel
The earliest reference to the O Antiphons that I've seen cited (and of course I'm not in a position to verify the citation) is from Boethius (c. 500 AD); but that's the antiphons, not the hymn. The hymn is clearly dependent on the antiphons, ergo later. At one time some thought Neale had made the tune up out of whole cloth (as he did, e.g., in the case of the text of Good King Wenceslas), but as the SNOBC says, this is no longer a tenable conjecture for O come, O come Emmanuel.