Come hither, ye faithful,
Come, see in the manger,
The angels’ dread King!
To Bethlehem hasten with joyful accord!
O come ye, come hither, O come ye, come hither,
O come ye, come hither to worship the Lord.
True Son of the Father,
He comes from the skies;
To be born of a virgin
He doth not despise.
Hark! hark! to the angels!
All singing in heav’n,
“To God in the highest
All glory be given!”
To Thee, then, O Jesu, this day of Thy birth,
Be glory and honor through heaven and earth
True Godhead incarnate! Omnipotent Word!
O come let us hasten, O come let us hasten,
O come let us hasten, to worship the Lord!
Words: Probably 17th or 18th Century French or German origin (Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes); translated from Latin to English by Edward Caswall in Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1870.
Music: “Barnby,” Joseph Barnby (1838-1896).