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 of God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Only-begotten Son of the Father;
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.

Lo! star led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,
offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child bring our hearts’ oblations.
Refrain.

The splendor Immortal, Son of God Eternal,
now hidden in mortal flesh our eyes shall view.
See there the Infant, swaddling clothes enfold him.
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.

Sing, choirs of Angels, sing in exultation,
sing all ye citizens of heaven above,
Glory to God, glory in the highest.
Refrain.

Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
Refrain.

Words: Attr. John Francis Wade (1711-1786); vv. 1-2, 7-8, tr. Frederick Oakley, (1802-1880), remaining verses by William T. Brooke (1848-1917), alt.
Music:Adeste Fideles” John Francis Wade (1711-1786).

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867) as altered by the compilers:

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

God of God,
Light of Light,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God,
Begotten, not created;
O come, let us adore Him, etc.

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, etc.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesu, to Thee be glory given!
Word of the Father,
Now in Flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord!
Amen.

The original Latin text of this great Christmas hymn may be found here.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
This entry was posted in 3. The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Christmas, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Non-English Hymns, The Church Year, The Holy Rosary, The Joyful Mysteries. Bookmark the permalink.

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