With hearts truly grateful, come

With hearts truly grateful, come

Author: John Francis Wade
Published in 21 hymnals

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: With hearts truly grateful, come
Author: John Francis Wade
Copyright: Public Domain


Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes. [Christmas.] As to the authorship and actual date of this hymn nothing positive is known. It has been ascribed to St. Bonaventura, but is found in no edition of his Works. Most probably it is a hymn of the 17th or 18th century, and of French or German authorship. The text appears in three forms. The first is in 8 stanzas, the second, that in use in France, and the third the English use, both in Latin and English. The full text [is] from Thesaurus Animae Christianae, Mechlin, N.D. (where it is given as a second sequence for Christmas and said to be "Ex Graduali Cisterciensi"….

Translations not in common use:—
7. With hearts truly grateful. Psalms & Hymns. Washington, 1830.

-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 21 of 21)

A Hymnal and Vesperal for the Seasons and Principal Festivals of the Ecclesiastical Year #d90

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American Catholic Hymnal #11

Half a Hundred Catholic Hymns, selected from The New Catholic Hymnal #d51

Hymns and Harmonies #d80

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Hymns, for the Use of the Catholic Church in the United States of America (New ed.) #34

Manual of Catholic Melodies #d181

Manual of Hymns for Congregational Singing, Prayers and Pious Practices #d99

Popular Hymns for Youth #d164

Rohr's Favorite Catholic Melodies #d70

St. Basil's Hymn Book #d175

St. Basil's Hymnal. 3rd ed. #d176

St. Joseph's Hymnal. 5th ed. #d121

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Sunday School Hymn Book #2

Sursum Corda #d113

Sweet Spices, for the Sunday School #d34

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The Catholic Harp #68b

The Catholic Youth's Hymn Book by the Christian Brothers. Rev. #d169

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The Catholic Youth's Hymn Book #4

The Sunday School Prayer and Hymn Book #d29

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