The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come, All Ye Faithful

For Christmas

Version 4

Words: "Adeste Fideles," Verses 1-4, John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), circa 1743 / 4

Translator: Not Stated
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste Fideles," John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), circa 1743 (or 1744).
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
Meter: Irregular

Source: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #70, pp. 108-9.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles.

1. O Come, all ye faithful,
    With glad hearts and grateful,
To Bethlehem hasten with joyful accord;
        See in a manger
    The Monarch of Angels:
    O come, let us adore Him,
    O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

2. God of the Godhead,
    Light from Light proceeding,
The womb of a Virgin He hath not abhorr'd;
        God, very God,
    Begotten, not created:
    O come, let us adore Him,
    O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

3. Sing now His praises,
    All ye choirs of Angels,
Through Heaven's wide Courts be your raptures outpoured;
        Now to our God be
    Glory in the highest:
    O come, let us adore Him,
    O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

4. Yes, Lord, we greet Thee,
    Born for our salvation;
O Jesu, by all be Thy Name adored;
        Word of the Father,
    In our flesh appearing:
    O come, let us adore Him,
    O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #70, pp. 108-9.

"Original Melody, ...
Harmonized by Ch. H. Rink."

Note: The following note is on the sheet music (above, published 1887). Attribution of composition to John Reading is incorrect.

"John Reading, who wrote this air in 1680, was a pupil of Dr. Blow (the master of Purcell), and was first employed at Lincoln Cathedral. He afterwards became organist of S. John's, Hackney, and finally of S. Dunstan's in the West, and S. Mary's, Woolnoth, London. This piece obtained its name of "The Portuguese Hymn" from an accidental circumstance. The Duke of Leeds, who was a Director of the Concert of Ancient Music about the year 1785, having heard the Hymn first performed at the Portuguese Chapel, supposed it to be peculiar to the service in Portugal; and, on introducing the melody at the Ancient Concerts, gave it the title of "The Portuguese Hymn," by which appellation it has ever since been designated."

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