O come, all ye faithful


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.


God from God, Light from Light eternal,
lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
only-begotten Son of the Father; Refrain

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

See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle,
leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
we too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; Refrain

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
we would embrace thee, with love and awe;
who would not love thee, loving us so dearly? Refrain

For Christmas:
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:
Lo! star-led chieftains, magi, Christ adoring,
offer him frankincense and gold and myrrh;
we to the Christ-child bring our hearts oblations: Refrain


Words: John Francis Wade (1711-1786), circa 1743;
stanzas 1-3 & 6 trans. Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880), 1841;
stanzas 4 & 6 trans. William Thomas Brooke (1848-1917).

MIDI: Adeste fideles (18th century melody, probably John Francis Wade, 1711-1786);
harmony mainly by William Henry Monk (1823-1889)

Meter: Irr.

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 042 Adeste fideles  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 019 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 019 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 019 Barnby  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 019 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 085 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 087 Adeste fideles  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 059 Adeste fideles  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 115    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 086 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 049 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 049 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 049 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 049 Barnby  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 049 Adeste fideles  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 049 Adeste fideles, Barnby  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 092 Adeste fideles  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 059 Adeste fideles  
The English Hymnal, 1906 028 Adeste fideles  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 072 Adeste fideles  
The Hymnal 1916 072 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 108 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 086 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
048 Adeste fideles  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 069 Adeste fideles  
Songs of Praise, 1925 052 Adeste fideles  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 078 Adeste fideles  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 075 Adeste fideles  
The Hymnal 1940 012 Adeste fideles  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 059 Adeste fideles  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 087 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 064 Adeste fideles  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 106 Adeste fideles  
The Hymn Book 1971 415 Adeste fideles  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 228 Adeste fideles  
The Hymnal 1982 083 Adeste fideles  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 034, 326 Adeste fideles  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 030 Adeste fideles  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 065, 597 Adeste fideles 597 2nd edition only; 4 verses only
Church Family Worship, 1988 672 Adeste fideles  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 357 Adeste fideles  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 118 Adeste fideles  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 304 Adeste fideles  
Sing Glory, 1999 357 Adeste fideles  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 490 Adeste fideles  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 061 Adeste fideles  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 479 Adeste fideles  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 172 Adeste fideles  

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