Sunday, December 25, 2011

adeste fideles / o come, all ye faithful

The composer of this classical hymnal has been debated for centuries. It has alternatively been attributed to St. Bonaventura, John of Reading, Marcos Antonio da Fonesca, King John IV of Portugal, George Frideric Handel, Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck, and various orders of monks in France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain. It is most commonly attributed to John Francis Wade, a Catholic who fled religious persecution in his native England. He first published it in 1751 in his 'Cantus Diversi'. Some see the hymn as an coded ode to Bonnie Prince Charlie. The song has been translated into many languages. The most common English version combines two different texts from Frederick Oakeley and William Thomas Brooke.

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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:

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God
In the highest:

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing!


Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte Regem angelorum.
Venite adoremus (ter)

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Gestant puellae viscera.
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus (ter)

Cantet nunc 'Io', chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula caelestium,
Gloria! Soli Deo Gloria!
Venite adoremus (ter)

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

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

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