Adeste Fideles

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1 Adeste, fideles,
laeti, triumphantes,
venite, venite in Bethlehem;
natum videte
regem angelorum:
venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus,
venite, adoremus Dominum.

2 Deum de Deo,
Lumen de Lumine,
gestant puellae viscera,
Deum verum,
genitum, non factum: [Refrain]

3. Cantet nunc hymnos
chorus angelorum;
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
in excelsis Deo! [Refrain]

4 Ergo qui natus
die hodierna,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria:
Patris aeterni
verbum caro factum: [Refrain]

Source: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #307

Author: John Francis Wade

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 p… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Adeste fideles
Title: Adeste Fideles
Author: John Francis Wade
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Language: Latin
Refrain First Line: Venite, adoremus
Notes: English translation: See: "O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant" by Frederick Oakeley; Spanish translation: "Venid, fieles todos ,a Belén vayamos" by Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars; Polish translation: See "Pośpieszcie, o wierni" by Paweł Sikora; German translation: See "Herbei, o ihr Gläub'gen"; Swahili translation: See "Umati wa Yesu, njooni kwa furaha"
Copyright: Public Domain


Adeste fideles. In the Evening Office of the Church in Latin and English, London 1760, this hymn consists of stanzas i., ii., vii., viii. of the text. Concerning the translation it must be noted:—
1. That to Canon Oakeley's translation as in the Altar Hymnal, 1884, No. 7, Mr. W. T. Brooke added a translation of stanzas iii.— vi., thus producing a translation of the full text.
2. The translation No. 7, "Come hither, ye faithful," is attributed, in the Pennsylvania Lutheran Church Book, 1868, to "C. P. Krauth."
3. "Come, all ye faithful," in the Roman Catholic Hymns for the year, 1867, is a slightly altered form of Neale's translation (No. 9), which dates 1854.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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