Adeste fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)

Carol, Europe.

A small mystery surrounds the writing credits of this Christmas Carol. It is usually attributed to John Francis Wade (1711 – 1786), an English hymnist and music copyist.

However, there is written evidence of this carol in Latin, which is older than Wade’s version, in a library in Portugal.

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Lyrics (Latin)

1. Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus (3x)

2. Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera.
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus (3x)

3. Cantet nunc ‘Io’, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria! Soli Deo Gloria!
Venite adoremus (3x)

4. Ergo qui natus die hodierna.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum.
Venite adoremus (3x)


Lyrics (English)

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, (3x)
Christ the Lord.

2. O Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above.
Glory to God in the highest.
O come, let us adore Him, (3x)
Christ the Lord.

3. O Hail, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning.
Jesus, to thee be glory given.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
O come, let us adore Him, (3x)
Christ the Lord.


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