*Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes. [Christmas.] As to the authorship and actual date of this hymn nothing positive is known. It has been ascribed to St. Bonaventura, but is found in no edition of his Works. Most probably it is a hymn of the 17th or 18th century, and of French or German authorship. The text appears in three forms. The first is in 8 stanzas, the second, that in use in France, and the third the English use, both in Latin and English. The full text [is] from Thesaurus Animae Christianae, Mechlin, N.D. (where it is given as a second sequence for Christmas and said to be "Ex Graduali Cisterciensi"….
Translations in common use:—
9. Be present, ye faithful. By J. M. Neale. Published in the Hymnal Noted, enlarged edition, 1858. Although opening with the same line it is a different translation from that in Chope's Hymnal. The second stanza of Chope reads: "Very God of Very God," and this "God of God, eternal."
-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|The Trinity Hymnal, with Offices of Devotion #d10||Be present, ye faithful, joyful and triumphant||John Francis Wade||1868|