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

Translator:  Anonymous
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste fideles"
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Source: J. F. W. Bullock and C. J. Ridsdale, The New Office Hymn Book. Parts III and IV. Edition K. (London: Novello and Company, 1907), #353, pp. 56-57.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

1. O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born 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,
Light of Light;
Lo, He abhors not the Virgin's womb:
Very God,
Begotten, not created;
O come, &c

3. See how the shepherds,
Summon'd toHis Cradle,
Leaving their flocks draw nigh with holy fear;
We to will thither
Bend our joyful footsteps;
O come, &c

4. Star-led the Magi
Hasten to adore Him,
Bring their frankincense, and myrrh, and gold:
Bring our hearts' oblations:
O come, &c

5. Splendour Eternal
Of th' Eternal Father,
Veil'd in the substance of our flesh, behold!
Hail, God Incarnate,
Robed in infant vesture!
O come, &c.

6. Thee would we worship
Wigth love's fervent service,
Born for us poor, and sta bled with the kine;
First hast Thou loved us,
Love in turn we proffer:
O come, &c

7. Sing, choirs of angels;
Sking in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God
In the highest;
O come, &c

8. Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning:
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Late in flesh appearing;
O come, &c


Verses 1, 2, 7, 8 are the Oakeley Translation, 1852. According to the text in the hymnal, verses 3 through 7 can be omitted, except when sung at the Procession.

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