In Triumph, Joy And Holy Fear

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1 In triumph, joy and holy fear,
Draw near, ye faithful souls, draw near;
The infant King of Heav’n is here:
None treads aright but Bethlehem-ward;
Come hither and adore the Lord.

2 A maiden pure—oh, wondrous sight—
Has borne the very Light of light:
God is begotten out of night:
All grace is in this Infant stored;
Come hither, come, adore the Lord.

3 By angels called that bliss to taste,
The shepherds leave their flocks and haste
To see Him in a manger placed:
Then need we further be implored
To hasten and adore the Lord?

4 The wise men too—a star their guide—
By Herod sent, from Salem ride,
With incense, gold and myrrh supplied:
And with their gifts our hearts be poured
At those dear feet of Christ the Lord.

5 The glory of th’eternal Sire
Veiled under flesh we shall admire,
Nor quail before His awful fire:
That Infant swathed shall be adored:
Come hither, come, ’tis Christ the Lord.

6 Such love as this—who would not yearn
To love the lover in return?
Behold, with reverent zeal we burn
To see the Babe proud kings ignored,
And kiss the feet of Christ our Lord.

7 Ye choirs of blissful angels, sing;
Ye vaults of Heav’n, responsive ring,
"All glory to our God and king";
Let floods of harmony be poured
From men below to Christ the Lord.

8 To Thee be glory who, today
In Bethlehem born, dost live alway:
Jesus, let none their steps delay
To visit Thee, th’eternal Word
Made flesh, and worship Christ the Lord.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8374

Translator: J. C. Ealre

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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 >

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First Line: In triumph, joy and holy fear
Title: In Triumph, Joy And Holy Fear
Latin Title: Adeste fideles
Author: John Francis Wade (circa 1743)
Translator: J. C. Ealre
Source: Tr.: Annus Sanctus (Vol. 1) by Orby Shipley (London and New York: Burns & Oates, 1884)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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