John Francis Wade

John Francis Wade
1711 - 16.08.1786


John Francis Wade (1711 – 16 August 1786) was an English hymnist who is credited with writing and composing the hymn "Adeste Fideles" (which was later translated to "O Come All Ye Faithful").

Born either in England or in Douai, France, Wade fled to France after the Jacobite rising of 1745 was crushed. As a Catholic layman, he lived with exiled English Catholics in France for the rest of his life. There, he taught music and worked on church music for private use.

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