Scripture Verse

Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

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Edward Caswall
1814–1878
National Portrait Gallery

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Introduction

Words: Prob­ab­ly 17th or 18th Cen­tu­ry French or Ger­man ori­gin (Ades­te fi­del­es la­eti tri­um­phan­tes). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall in Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1870.

Music: Barn­by Jo­seph Barn­by, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby
1838–1896

Lyrics

Come hither, ye faith­ful,
Triumphantly sing!
Come, see in the man­ger,
The an­gels’ dread King!

Refrain

To Beth­le­hem hast­en
With joy­ful a­ccord!
O come ye, come hi­ther,
O come ye, come hi­ther,
O come ye, come hi­ther
To wor­ship the Lord.

True Son of the Fa­ther,
He comes from the skies;
To be born of a vir­gin
He doth not des­pise.

Refrain

Hark! hark! to the an­gels!
All sing­ing in Heav’n,
To God in the high­est
All glo­ry be giv­en!

Refrain

To Thee, then, O Je­su,
This day of Thy birth,
Be glo­ry and hon­or
Through Hea­ven and earth
True God­head in­car­nate!
Omnipotent Word!
O come let us hast­en,
O come let us hast­en,
O come let us hast­en,
To wor­ship the Lord!