The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come, All Ye Faithful

For Christmas

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

Second Translation by Rev. J. A. Johnston, 1856.
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste fideles"
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Source: J. A. Johnston, ed., The English Hymnal. A New Edition. (Oxford: John Henry and James Parker, 1856), #41, p. 42.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

O come, all ye faithful,
Rejoicing, triumphing,
To Bethlehem come ye with glad accord;
A Babe here behold ye,
The King of the angels:
O come let us worship our Saviour Lord.

Who God of God is,
Light of Light Eternal,
The womb of the Virgin hath not abhorr'd;
Very and true God,
Begotten, not created:
O come let us worship our Saviour Lord.

Sing ye, choirs of angels,
Sing with exultation,
Though heaven's wide courts be your anthems pour'd;
Glory, sing glory,
To God in the highest,--
O come let us worship our Saviour Lord.

To Thee, born of Mary
At this blessed season,
All glory, O Jesu, we do accord;
Word of the Father,
Eternal, Incarnate,--
O come let us worship our Saviour Lord.


This is Version 2 from The New [Second] Edition, 1856. The first version by Johnson is found in the First Edition of this hymnal, published in 1852. A Third Edition was published in 1861; it also contains the Second Version.

First Edition of 1852 is not yet available. Third Edition of 1861 is not yet available.

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