The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Believers Assemble, Come With Songs To Bethlem

For Christmas

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

Translator: Unknown

Source: Thomas Sutton, (D.D., Vicar of Sheffield), Select Portions of Psalms from the new versions, Hymns, and Anthems, sung at the Parish Church, in Sheffield. Second edition. (Sheffield: Wm. Todd, 1816), Hymn 28, p. 146.

See: Adeste Fideles - Notes On The Carol
Adeste Fideles Translations

"Translation of the Portuguese Hymn on the Nativity"

1. Believers assemble, come with songs to Bethlem,
O come ye, O come ye with one accord;
View with surprise, a child, the king of angels,
O come, and let us worship Christ the Lord.

2. Behold! God of God, and Light of Light, th’ Almighty,
The womb of a virgin to man afford ;
God, very God, begotten, not created,
O come, &c.

3. Then to Jesus [on high] let glory be ascribed,
Whose birth on this day life to us restor’d ;
Word of th’ eternal Father in our nature,
O come, &c.

4 Break forth into singing, all ye choirs angelic,
In numbers celestial be God ador’d ;
Glory to God, exalted in the highest,
O come, &c.


The addition of [on high] in verse 3 was written in pen in the copy that I saw from Google Books.

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