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November 29: First Sunday in Advent

Welcome to the second year of Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings! The 2009 edition begins with my favorite Christmas hymn, "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Originally written in Latin as "Adeste Fideles" (probably by John Francis Wade between 1740 and 1743), it was translated into English by Frederick Oakeley in 1841.

I also included this hymn last year, and like last year, I've chosen to play this hymn in the key of F (fCFAC tuning on the banjo). I really prefer the way it sounds in the lower tuning.

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O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)

Performed by Greg Barlow on banjo

Words: John Francis Wade, circa 1740-1743; translated by Frederick Oakeley, 1841.
Music: ADESTE FIDELES, John Francis Wade, circa 1740-1743.


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.

God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
Very God, Begotten not created.


Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation!
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all Glory in the highest!


Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning.
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing.



Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:

Veníte adoremus, Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:


Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:


Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:


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