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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Latin Hymns
 
Adeste Fideles, Called “The Portuguese Chapel Hymn.”
 
Anonymous. Tr. J. R. Beste (15th–16th Century)
 
 
HASTEN, ye faithful, glad, joyful, and holy,
    Speed ye to Bethlem to honour the Word;
See there the King of angels is born lowly—
    Oh, come and kneel before him;
    Oh, come and all adore him;        5
Oh come, oh come, rejoicing to honour the Lord.
 
God of the Godhead, true Light unabated,
    Mary the Virgin has borne the Adored;
True God eternal, begot, uncreated—
    Oh, come and kneel before him;        10
    Oh, come and all adore him;
Oh come, oh come, rejoicing to honour the Lord.
 
Sing, all ye angels, till echoes rebounding
    Swell through your halls, for ever be heard;
‘Glory to God,’ through all heaven resounding—        15
    Oh, come and kneel before him;
    Oh, come and all adore him;
Oh come, oh come, rejoicing to honour the Lord.
 
Praise to the Infant, who this day descended;
    Glory to thee, blessed Jesus adored;        20
Word, in whom two natures join, yet unblended—
    Oh, come and kneel before him;
Oh, come and all adore him;
    Oh come, oh come, rejoicing to honour the Lord.
 

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