35. Of the Father's Love Begotten

1 Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending he,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

2 Oh, that birth forever blessed
When the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bore the Savior of our race,
And the babe, the world's Redeemer,
First revealed his sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

3 This is he whom heav'n-taught singers
Sang of old with one accord;
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word.
Now he shines, the long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and evermore.

4 Let the heights of heav'n adore him,
Angel hosts his praises sing,
Pow'rs, dominions bow before him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Ev'ry voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

5 Christ, to you, with God the Father,
And the Spirit ceaselessly
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore.

Text Information
First Line: Of the Father's love begotten
Title: Of the Father's Love Begotten
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 343-c. 413
Translator (st. 1-4): John M. Neale, 1818-66
Translator (st. 5): Henry W. Baker
Publication Date: 1993
Meter: 87 87 877
Topic: Christmas
Tune Information
Arranger: Paul G. Bunjes
Meter: 87 87 877
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Setting: © 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission of CPH.

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