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Thread #117091   Message #2519182
Posted By: VirginiaTam
18-Dec-08 - 03:36 PM
Thread Name: Origins: O Come All Ye Faithful:Ode Bonny Prince
Subject: Origins: O Come All Ye Faithful:Ode Bonny Prince
Don't know how legit this is but I heard on BBC Radio 4 this morning that Adestes Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) is really a Jacobite song honouring Bonny Prince Charles.

"Fideles is Faithful Catholic Jacobites. Bethlehem is a common Jacobite cipher for England, and Regem Angelorum is a well-known pun on Angelorum, angels and Anglorum, English.

"The meaning of the Christmas carol is clear: 'Come and Behold Him, Born the King of Angels' really means, 'Come and Behold Him, Born the King of the English' - Bonnie Prince Charlie."

read more here

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/7789477.stm