The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 O Come, All Ye Faithful

For Christmas

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

Translator: Attributed to J. O'Connor
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste fideles"
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Source: Henry, Duke of Norfolk, and Charles T. Gatty, eds., Arundel Hymns (London: Boosey & Co., 1905), #23.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

 1. O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant;
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

2. Forsaking the sheepfold,
To His lowly cradle
obedient and swiftly run the shepherd throng:
Bounding with gladness
Let our footsteps follow:
O come, &c.

3. The Splendour Immortal,
Son of Sire Eternal,
Concealed in mortal flesh our eyes shall see;
God is an Infant,
Swaddling clothes enfold Him:
O come, &c.

4. For us poor and needy,
Cradled in a manger,
Oh let us in loving arms enfold Him fast!
So true a lover
Shall we not requite Him?
O come, & c.


Translations of stanzas 3, 5, 6 by J. O'Connor from Arundel Hymns, 1902, according to Dr. John Julian. The 1902 edition was not available. In the 1905 edition, there were no verses 5 & 6. However, verses 2, 3,and 4 were unfamiliar, and may be the three verses referred to by Dr. Julian in the Dictionary of Hymnology.

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