The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Be Present, Ye Faithful

For Christmas

Words: Adeste Fideles, John Francis Wade (c. 1711/2-1786), circa 1743/4

Translation: J. M. Neale, 1851
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste fideles"
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Source: J. M. Neale and T. Helmore, Hymnal Noted. Parts I & II. (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1851), Part II, #67, pp. 134-135.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

Luke ii., 15. “the shepherds said one to another, Let us not go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass.”

Be present, ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
And hasten, and hasten, to Bethlehem;
See in a manger the Monarch of Angels:
O come and let us worship, O come and let us worship,
O come and let us worship the Lord with them!

God of God eternal, Light from Light proceeding,
He deigns in the Virgin's womb to lie:
Very God of Very God, begotten, not created;
O come and let us worship, O come and let us worship,
O come and let us worship the Lord on high!

Sing Alleluia, Chorus of Angels,
Sing, Heavenly Citizens, joyously:
Glory to God in the highest, glory;--
O come and let us worship, O come and let us worship,
O come and let us worship the Lord on high!

To Thee, Who wast born on Christmas Day of Mary,
O Jesu, be praise eternally:
Word of th' Eternal Father, now Incarnate:
O come and let us worship, O come and let us worship,
O come and let us worship the Lord on high!

Sheet Music: Thomas Helmore, Accompanying Harmonies to The Hymnal Noted (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1852), #67, p. 217.

Note: Words are identical in The Hymnal Noted, With Appendix. Revised and Greatly Enlarged, and Supplement. (London: J. Masters & Co., 1889), #35, pp. 36-37.

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