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O Come, All Ye Faithful…


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Date: 23 December 2016
Category: Homophones

The beloved Christmas carol, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”  has been attributed to various authors, with the earliest copies of the hymn bearing the signature of 18th century author, John Francis Wade. The music was composed by fellow Englishman John Reading in the early 1700s.

Credit for the hymn lyrics (originally Adeste Fideles in Latin) also go to St. Bonaventure in the 13th century, King John IV of Portugal in the 1600’s, as well as to certain orders of monks, i.e.,  Cistercian, German, Portuguese and Spanish orders.

The text has been translated a myriad number of times, but the most used version today is the English one,  “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” credited primarily to Frederick Oakley (1802–1880) even though he originally had entitled the song: “Ye Faithful, approach ye.”

 

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:
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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