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Hither, ye faithful, haste with songs of triumph
The Latin hymn "Adeste Fideles" was written, perhaps by John Francis Wade, in around the year 1743, and is thought by some to have been a piece of Jacobite propaganda. Numerous translations were made from the original Latin, but it was not until the twentieth century that the translation made by Oakley, Frederick (1802-1880) in 1842, "O come, all ye faithful," became the standard one. This translation first appeared in Bishop John Henry Hobart's, A Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Principally Selected and Altered from Nelson's Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England (New York, 1804). This text is not from Nelson's Companion, which was written several decades before the original Latin of "Adeste Fideles", and it it is possible that the translator was Bishop Hobart himself. This translation was widely used in early nineteenth-century America, and is found in several collections including the Missouri Harmony.

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The Right Reverend John Henry Hobart, D.D. (1775-1830), Bishop of New York
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