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
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Frederick Oakeley (1802–1880)

John F. Wade, cir­ca 1743 (Ades­te fi­del­es). Verses 1–3 trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Fred­er­ick Oak­e­ley, 1841.

The vers­es be­gin­ning See how the shep­herds and Child, for us sin­ners were writ­ten in La­tin by Éti­enne-Jean-Fran­çois Bor­der­ies, who heard the hymn in Eng­land, and wrote them af­ter re­turn­ing to France in 1794. These two vers­es, and the one be­gin­ning Lo! star led chief­tains were all trans­late­d to Eng­lish by Will­iam T. Brooke in the Al­tar Hym­nal, 1884 (Col­qu­houn, p. 41).

If this hymn is sung on a day be­sides Christ­mas, the verse be­gin­ning Yea, Lord, we greet Thee can be omit­ted, or sung with sub­sti­tute words such as Born to be our Sav­ior.

Ades­te Fi­de­les at­trib­ut­ed var­i­ous­ly to John Wade, John Read­ing, or Mar­co An­ton­io Si­mao (Por­to­gal­lo) (1762–1830) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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;

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

True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;

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

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See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;

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

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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?

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

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