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Short Name: John Francis Wade
Full Name: Wade, John Francis, 1711 or 1712-1786
Birth Year: 1711
Death Year: 1786

John Francis Wade (b. England, c. 1711; d. Douay, France, 1786) is now generally recognized as both author and composer of the hymn "Adeste fideles," originally written in Latin in four stanzas. The earliest manuscript signed by Wade is dated about 1743. By the early nineteenth century, however, four additional stanzas had been added by other writers. A Roman Catholic, Wade apparently moved to France because of discrimination against Roman Catholics in eighteenth-century England—especially so after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. He taught music at an English college in Douay and hand copied and sold chant music for use in the chapels of wealthy families. Wade's copied manuscripts were published as Cantus Diversi pro Dominicis et Festis per annum (1751).

Bert Polman


Tunes by John Francis Wade (5)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
FOUNDATION (American)John F. Wade's "Cantus Diversi," 1751 (Composer (attributed to))156161 51131 35561
ADESTE FIDELESJohn F. Wade (Composer (attributed to))1
SAVE, MIGHTY LORDJ. F. Wade (Composer)157775 11543 1715
ADESTE FIDELESJohn Francis Wade (Composer)16311512 55323 43211
ST. THOMAS (Wade)John Francis Wade (Composer)5912312 34365 43221

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