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. 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 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 Simao Portogallo (🔊 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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