Hasten, Ye Faithful

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1 Hasten, ye faithful, joyful, glad, and holy,
O speed ye to Bethlehem to honor the Word;
There is the King of angels, born so lowly—

Oh, come and kneel before Him;
Oh, come and all adore Him;
Oh come, oh come, rejoicing to honor the Lord.

2 God of the Godhead, true Light unabated,
See, Mary the virgin has borne the Adored;
True God eternal, born yet uncreated— [Refrain]

3 Sing, all ye angels, echoes loud rebounding
Now swell through your halls, to forever be heard;
Glory to God, thro’ Heaven far resounding— [Refrain]

4 Praise to the Infant, who this day descended;
All glory to Thee, blessèd Jesus adored;
Word with two natures, joining, yet unblended— [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8382

Translator: J. Richard Beste

Full name: John Richard Digby Beste Go to person page >

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: Hasten, ye faithful, joyful, glad, and holy
Title: Hasten, Ye Faithful
Latin Title: Adeste fideles
Author: John Francis Wade (circa 1743)
Translator: J. Richard Beste (1849)
Source: Tr.: Annus Sanctus (Vol. 1) by Orby Shipley (London and New York: Burns & Oates, 1884)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Oh, come and knell before Him
Copyright: Public Domain


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