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"O Come All Ye Faithful" Lyrics

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O, come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O, come ye, o, come ye to Bethlehem
O, 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

Sing choirs of Angels, singing in exaltation
O, sing all ye sinners sent of Heaven above
O, glory to God, glory in the highest

O, come, let us adore Him
O, come, let us adore Him
O, come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Come, all ye faithful
Come before Him
Come and adore Him
Christ the Lord
This song was submitted on November 24th, 2016 and last modified on August 2nd, 2017.
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Written by John Francis Wade.
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"O Come, All Ye Faithful" (originally written in Latin as Adeste Fideles)
is a Christmas carol which has been attributed to various authors,
including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), John Reading (1645–1692)
and King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656), with the earliest manuscript
of the hymn bearing his name, located in the library of the Ducal Palace
of Vila Viçosa.

The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight,
and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation
of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley,
written in 1841, is widespread in most English speaking countries.
The present harmonization is from the English Hymnal (1906).

Besides John Francis Wade, the tune has been purported to be written
by several musicians, from John Reading and his son to Handel
and even Gluck, including the Portuguese composers Marcos Portugal
or the king John IV of Portugal himself. Thomas Arne, whom Wade knew,
is another possible composer. There are several similar musical themes
written around that time, though it can be hard to determine whether these
were written in imitation of the hymn, the hymn was based on them,
or they are totally unconnected.

Wade included it in his own publication of Cantus Diversi (1751).
It was published again in the 1760 edition of Evening Offices of the Church.
It also appeared in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the
Church Plain Chant (1782).

An original manuscript of the oldest known version, dating from 1751,
is held by Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

The Latin lyrics are:

Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus;; Venite adoremus ; Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus ; Venite adoremus

Dominum.

Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo,
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus ; Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Ergo qui natus die hodierna.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Patris æterni Verbum caro factum.
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus ; Venite adoremus
Dominum.

There are additional Latin verses in various sources. For example:

En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas,
Vocati pastores adproperant:
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus,
Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Stella duce, Magi Christum adorantes,
Aurum, tus et myrrham dant munera.
Iesu infanti corda præbeamus
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Æterni parentis splendorem æternum
Velatum sub carne videbimus
Deum infantem pannis involutum
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Pro nobis egenum et fœno cubantem,
Piis foveamus amplexibus.
Sic nos amantem quis non redamaret?
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Cantet nunc hymnos chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus; Venite adoremus
Dominum

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