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05 December 2010

O Come All Ye Faithful

See also the Latin Original: Adeste Fideles

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 from God, Light from Light eternal,
lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
only-begotten Son of the Father; (Refrain)

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
glory to God, glory in the highest; (Refrain)

See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle,
leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
we too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; (Refrain)

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? (Refrain)

For Christmas:
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; (Refrain)
For Epiphany:
Lo! star-led chieftains, magi, Christ adoring,
offer him frankincense and gold and myrrh;
we to the Christ-child bring our hearts oblations: (Refrain)
See also the Latin Original: Adeste Fideles

Words: John Francis Wade (1711-1786), circa 1743;
stanzas 1-3 & 6 trans. Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880), 1841; stanzas 4 & 6 trans. William Thomas Brooke (1848-1917).

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