The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Oh, Come! All Ye Faithful!

For Christmas

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

Translation: Rev. Edward Caswall
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste fideles"
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Source: Edward Caswall, Lyra Catholica: Containing All The Breviary and Missal Hymns, with Others From Various Sources (London: J. Burns, 1849), pp. 250-251.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

Hymns at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Hymn for Christmas-Day

1. Oh, come! all ye faithful!
Triumphantly sing!
Come, see in the Manger
The Angels' dread King!
    To Bethlehem hasten!
    With joyful accord;
    Oh, hasten! oh, hasten!
    To worship the Lord.

2. True Son of the Father!
He comes from the skies;
The womb of the Virgin
He doth not despise;
    To Bethlehem hasten, &c.

3. Hark! to the Angels!
All singing in Heaven,
"To God in the highest
All glory be given."
    To Bethlehem hasten &c.

4. To Thee, then, O Jesu!
This day of thy birth,
Be glory and honor
Through Heaven and earth;
    True Godhead Incarnate!
    Omnipotent Word!
    Oh, hasten! oh, hasten!
    To worship the Lord.


 The following additional verse occurred in Caswall's Hymns and Poems. Second Edition. (London: Burns, Oates, & Co., 1873), pp. 146-147.

3. Not made but begotten,
The Lord of all might,
True God of true God,
True Light of true Light;. Chorus.

In Hymns and Poems, the fourth line of the fourth verse reads:

High glory be given.

Also found in the 1851 and 1884 editions of Lyra Catholica. In the American Edition of 1851, however, and additional translation was added with the note that it was "better adapted for singing than that in the Sacred Year at page 296."

The added carol's first line was Ye faithful, approach ye, Joyfully triumphing. The name of the translator was not provided, although it is clearly adapted from Canon Oakeley's first translation, Ye Faithful, Approach Ye (1841).

The Preface by the American Editor indicated that additional materials had been added to the complete original from Rev. Caswall, including hymns and anthems from

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