And art thou come with us to dwell

And art thou come with us to dwell. Dora Greenwell* (1821-1882). This hymn is a selection of verses from a remarkable poem by Dora Greenwell entitled ‘Veni. Veni, Emmanuel’. It is the final poem in her Carmina Crucis (1869). The poem begins ‘Who cometh now from Edom’s height,/ From Bozrah’s rock-girt fortress hold?’, describing the triumphant coming of the Christ who will right all wrongs and liberate the earth from its darkness and spiritual imprisonment. It is based on Jeremiah 49: 7-22, and on a passage from Bunyan*’s The Holy War (1682), in which the inhabitants of the town of Mansoul welcome Emmanuel with garlands of flowers and music. The stanzas printed in hymn books form the end of...

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