The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Draw Nigh, All Ye Faithful

For the Nativity of our Lord or the Birthday of Christ,
Commonly Called
Christmas Day.

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

Translation: J. M. Neale altered by J. Keble for the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857
Compare: Be Present, Ye Faithful

Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste fideles"
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Source: Nelson, et al., eds., The Sarum Hymnal. (Salisbury: Brown and Co., and W. P. Aylward, 1868), #37, p. 20.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

1. Draw nigh, all ye faithful, joyous and triumphant,
And greet ye at Bethlehem the Babe, the Word!
In lowly manger lies the King 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 God Almighty,Light of Light Eternal,
Thou hast not, O Christ, the Virgin's womb abhorred:
Very God of 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. Shout Alleluia, all ye choirs of Angels,
Rejoice, heavenly citizens, with glad accord:
Glory to God! To God on high be glory,

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

4. Here, Lord! We would greet Thee, born this happy morning,
O Jesu! For ever be Thy Name adored,
Word of the Father, now for us Incarnate!

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! Amen.

 Note:

Dr. Neale's translation was re-written by J. Keble for the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857. Salisbury Hymn Book is not yet available. It's successor was The Sarum Hymnal. The 1868 edition had the hymn “Draw nigh, all ye faithful, joyous and triumphant” in four verses, #37, p. 20.

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