John Speller's Web Pages "O" Antiphons (Dykes)

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"O" Antiphons (Dykes)
Like J. M. Neale's, Earl Nelson's translation of the "O" antiphons is much nearer to the original than the popular hymn "O come, O come, Emmanuel." Furthermore, the tune commonly used for that text was not associated with the "O" antiphons before the nineteenth century. "O Wisdom, who o'er earth below," set to a J. B. Dyke's fine nineteenth-century tune "Melita," therefore offers an interesting alternative to the commonly sung version. Before the Reformation the seven antiphons were sung from December 16 to 23, omitting St. Thomas's Day (December 21), since the Reformation it has been more usual to sing them from December 17 to 23, although some Anglican churches continue the earlier tradition.

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