The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come Hither, Ye Faithful

For Christmas

Words: Adeste Fideles, John Francis Wade (c. 1711/2-1786), circa 1743/4
(and possibly as early as 1740)

Translated from Latin to English by Edward Caswall
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Barnby," Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)
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Alt. "Adeste Fideles," John Francis Wade, Cantus Diversi, 1751
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Source: Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1870.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

1. Come hither, ye faithful,
Triumphantly sing!
Come, see in the manger,
The angels’ dread King!

To Bethlehem hasten with joyful accord!
O come ye, come hither, O come ye, come hither,1
O come ye, come hither to worship the Lord.

2. True Son of the Father,
He comes from the skies;
To be born of a virgin
He doth not despise. Chorus

3. Hark! hark! to the angels!
All singing in in heav’n,
"To God in the highest
All glory be given!" Chorus

4. To Thee, then, O Jesu,2
this day of Thy birth,
Be glory and honor
through heaven and earth

True Godhead incarnate! Omnipotent Word!
O come let us hasten, O come let us hasten,
O come let us hasten, to worship the Lord!3


1. Or: 'O come ye, come hither, O come ye, come hither.' Return

2. Or: 'Jesus' Return

3. Or: 'O come, let us hasten to worship the Lord!' Or: 'O come, let us hasten to worship the Lord!' Return

Sheet Music from  The Parish School Hymnal. Philadelphia: Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1926, #16

Sheet music from A. B. Goodrich, ed., A New Service And Tune Book For Sunday Schools (New York: Gen. Prot. Episc. S. S. Union and Church Book Society, 1863, New Edition, Enlarged, 1866), #8, pp. 30-1.

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