Scripture Verse

The shepherds said to one another, Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. Luke 2:15–16


Words: John F. Wade, cir­ca 1743. This trans­la­tion ap­peared, un­at­trib­ut­ed, in A Col­lec­tion of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Sing­ing School and Mu­sic­al So­ci­e­ties, ed­it­ed by John J. Hus­band (Lan­cas­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia: 1807), num­ber 49.

Music: Ades­te Fi­del­es, at­trib­ut­ed Va­ri­ous­ly to John Wade, John Read­ing, or Si­mao Por­to­gal­lo (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wade (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Hither, ye faithful, haste with songs of triumph,
To Bethlehem go your Lord of life to meet;
To you this day is born a Prince and Savior.


O come and let us worship,
O come and let us worship,
O come and let us worship
At His feet.

O Jesus, for such wondrous condescension,
Our praises and reverence are an offering meet;
Now is the Word made flesh and dwells among us.


Shout His almighty name, ye choirs of angels,
And let the celestial courts His praise repeat;
Unto our God be glory in the highest.