The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

With Hearts Truly Grateful

For Christmas

Words: Adeste Fideles, John Francis Wade

Translator Unknown
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: Adeste Fideles, John Francis Wade
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Source: St. Basil's Hymnal. New York: Benziger Brothers, 12th Edition.

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1. With hearts truly grateful,
Come all ye faithful,
To Jesus, to Jesus in Bethlehem;
See Christ your Saviour,
Heaven's greatest favour.

    Let's hasten to adore Him:
    Let's hasten to adore Him:
    Let's hasten to adore Him:
    Our God and King.

2. God to God equal Light of Light eternal;
Carried in Virgin's ever spotless womb.
He all preceded,
Begotten not created. Chorus

3. Angels now praise Him,
Loud their voices raising,
The heavenly mansions with joy now ring.
Praise, honor, glory,
To Him who is most holy. Chorus

4. To Jesus, born this day,
Grateful homage repay;
To Him who all heavenly gifts doth bring.
Word uncreated,
To our flesh united. Chorus

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A fifth verse has been found in another source:

    We, joyfully singing,
    Grateful tributes bringing,
Praise Him and bless Him in heavenly hymns.
    Angels implore Him.
    Seraphs fall before Him.
Let's hasten to adore Him, our Lord and King.

That source also had a different refrain, which was: Let's hasten to adore Him, our Lord and King.

Source: Rev. Hugh T. Henry, "Catholic Usages of the Adeste Fideles," American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 40. From January to October, 1915. Philadelphia: 1915., p. 415.

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