The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 5. O Come All Ye Faithful
"And it came to pass , as the angels were gone away from them into heaven , the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass , which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste , and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger." Luke 2:15-16
"Adeste Fideles" is a carol attributed to John Francis Wade but many other probable authors exist. The oldest manuscripts were found in Portugal, with a date prior to Wade's collection. The English translation, by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, is widespread in most English speaking countries.