1 The God of Israel is real,
And to His own came He to reveal,
The light and life of God’s sole way
Where souls escape the sting of the grave.
"O come! O come!" The God of Israel
Yet calls to thee, O Israel.
2 The God of Israel is real,
And in His law and prophets did conceal
The healing of all nations, now giv’n,
By One who would be born in Bethlehem.
O come! O come! Ye peoples of the world
Receive your King, the God of Israel.
3 The God of Israel is real,
And at His second coming will unseal
His right to rule on earth as in Heav’n,
And crush the power of Satan, death and sin.
O come! O come! Thou King of Israel
Before Thee all creation will kneel.
VENI IMMANUEL was originally music for a Requiem Mass in a fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional. Thomas Helmore (b. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, 1811; d. Westminster, London, England, 1890) adapted this chant tune and published it in Part II of his The Hymnal Noted (1854). A g…