The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Hymn on the Prose for Christmas Day

For Christmas

Words and Music: "Adeste Fideles," John Francis Wade, ca 1743
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Meter: Irregular

Also known as the Portuguese Hymn

Translated by Edward Caswall (1814-1878), 1849, and Philip Schaff (1819-1893), 1870
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles.

1. Oh, come, all ye faithful, triumphantly sing;
Come, see in the manger our Savior and King1
To Bethlehem hasten with joyful accord;
Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!2

2. True Son of the Father, He comes from the skies;
To be born of a virgin He doth not despise.
To Bethlehem hasten with joyful accord;
Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

3. Hark, hark, to the angels all singing in heaven,3
"To God in the highest all glory be given!"
To Bethlehem hasten with joyful accord;
Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

4. To Thee, then, O Jesus, this day of Thy birth
Be glory and honor through heaven and earth,
True Godhead Incarnate, Omnipotent Word!
Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


1. Or: Come, see in the manger the angels' dread King! Return

2. Another source substitutes the following for the last line in all verses:

O hasten! O hasten! to worship the Lord.
O hasten! O hasten! to worship the Lord. Return

3. Or: O hark to the angels... Return

All alternate phrases from The Methodist Hymnal (New York: The Methodist Book Concern, 1905), #125. Source of the original lost.

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