The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come All Ye Faithful

Hymn on the Prose for Christmas Day

Version 3 - The Customary Order of Verses
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Words: "Adeste Fideles," Verses 1, 2, 6, 7, John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), circa 1743 / 4
 Verses 3 & 5: Abbé Étienne Jean François Borderies (1764-1832), 1822
Verse 4: Anonymous, 19th Century
Also known as the Portuguese Hymn

Verses 1, 2, 6, 7  translated from Latin to English by Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880), 1841;
Verses 3-5 translated by William Thomas Brooke (1848-1917)
Other editors have made other changes.

Music: "Adeste Fideles," John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), circa 1743/4).
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Meter: Irregular

Source: The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), #614.
See: O Come, All Ye Faithful (English Hymnal #28)

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;

Refrain
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

2. God of God,
Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, Begotten not created. Chorus

3. See how the shepherds,
Summoned to His cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;
We too will thither
Bend our joyful footsteps:  Chorus

4. Lo! star-led chieftains,
Magi, Christ adoring,
Offer Him frankincense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ child,
Bring our hearts' oblations: Chorus

5. Child, for us sinners
Poor and in the manger,
Fain we embrace Thee,
With awe and love;
Who would not love Thee,
Loving us so dearly? Chorus

6. Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God,
In the highest; Chorus

At the entrance into the choir. Unison.

7. Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesu , to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing. Chorus

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