118. O Come, All Ye Faithful

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;

Refrain:
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: [Refrain]

3 Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
glory to God, glory in the highest: [Refrain]

4 See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle,
leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;
we too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; [Refrain]

[For Christmas]
5 Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: [Refrain]

[For Epiphany]
5a Led by the starlight, Magi, Christ adoring,
offer him incense, gold, and myrrh;
we to the Christ-child bring our hearts' oblations. [Refrain]

Latin:
1 Adeste, fideles,Laeti triumphantes,
venite, venite in Bethlehem:
natum videte tegem angelorum.
venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus, Dominum.

2 Deum de Deo,lumen de lumine,
parturit virgo mater,
Deum verum, genitum, non factum.
venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus, Dominum.

3 Cantet nunc hymnos chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula caelestium:
gloria in excelsis Deo!
venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus, Dominum.

4 En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas
vocati pastores approperant:
et nos ovanti gradu festinemus;
venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus, Dominum.

[For Christmas:]
5 Ergo qui natus die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria:
Patris aeterni verbum caro factum
venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus, Dominum.

[For Epiphany:]
5a Stella duce, Magi, Christum adorantes,
aurum, thus, et myrrham dant munera;
Jesu infanti corda praebeamus;
venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus, Dominum.

Text Information
First Line: O come, all ye faithful
Title: O Come, All Ye Faithful
Original Language: Latin
Translator (st. 1, 2, 3, and 5): Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880)
Translator (st. 4, 5a): William T. Brooke (1848-1917)
Author (st. 4): Étienne-Jean-François Borderies (1822)
Author (st. 1, 2, 3, and 5): John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Psalm 96; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-18
Topic: Christmas; Epiphany (feast)
Source: Thesaurus Animae Christianae, 1850?, st. 5a
Language: English; Latin
Refrain First Line: O come, let us adore him
Tune Information
Name: ADESTE FIDELES
Composer (attributed to): John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
Composer (atl. harm. and descant): David Willcocks (1919-)
Meter: Irregular
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Altern. ref. setting © 1961 Oxford University Press



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