Merry Christmas!

Adeste, fideles was written by John Wade in the mid-before the 18th century, and here translated by Frederick Oakeley (1802-80), W. T. Brooks and others.

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:
Refrain: O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

God of God,
Light of light,
Lo, he abhores not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God,
Begotten, not created:

See how the shepherds,
Summoned to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw night with lowly fear;
We too will thither
Bend our joyful footsteps:

Lo, star-led chieftains,
Wise men, Christ adoring,
Offer him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ-child
Bring our hearts’ oblations;

Child, for us sinners
Poor and in the manger,
Fain we embrace thee, with awe and love;
Who would not love thee,
Loving us so dearly?

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God
In the highest:

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning,
Jesu, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing: