Nursery Rhymes

Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles Lyrics and Music

The Latin words and lyrics of this well known hymn begin with "Adeste fideles loeti triumphantes" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. 'Adeste Fideles' is the well known Latin title of this famous Christmas Carol that translates as "Come All Ye Faithful". The Latin word "Adeste" means 'to come toward" and "Fidelis" is the Latin word for 'faithful'. The English lyrics of this famous Christmas hymn can be viewed via O Come all Ye Faithful Lyrics.

Adeste Fideles Christmas Hymn
Both the lyrics and the music of the "O Come all Ye Faithful" Christmas hymn were written by its English author and composer, John Francis Wade. The writer and composer, John Francis Wade, was born in 1711 and died on 16 August 1786. This article provides the Latin words of the lyrics of this famous Christmas carol.

Adeste Fideles Hymn
Title: Adeste Fideles *** Name of Composer: John Francis Wade *** Name of Writer of Lyrics: John Francis Wade

Author of Latin Lyrics and Composer of Adeste Fideles
The composer of music and author of the words of the 'Adeste Fideles' lyrics, John Francis Wade was born in London, England, the son of a cloth merchant. John Francis Wade was a Catholic layman but in 1745 he was forced to flee England following the failure of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Wade took refuge in Douai, France where he made a living teaching music and copying hymn manuscripts for private use. John Francis Wade eventually achieved fame as a composer, hymnist, music teacher and music copyist.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Adeste Fideles
Author of Lyrics: John Francis Wade (1711 to 16 August 1786)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: Frederick Oakeley and William T. Brooke (1848-1917)
Name of Composer of Music: John Francis Wade (1711 to 16 August 1786)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: Adeste fideles loeti triumphantes
First Publication Date: circa 1743

Adeste Fideles Lyrics

Adeste fideles loeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo,
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

Ergo qui natus die hodierna.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Patris æterni Verbum caro factum.
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

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