122. 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 O that birth forever blessed,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world's Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face,
Evermore and evermore!

3 O ye 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,
Every voice in concert ring,
Evermore and evermore!

4 Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving,
And unwearied praises be:
Honor, majesty, 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 C. Prudentius, 4th century
Translator: John M. Neale (1854)
Translator: Henry W. Baker (1859)
Publication Date: 1974
Meter: 8 7 8 7 8 7 7
Scripture: Matthew 1:20; John 1:1; Revelation 1:8
Topic: Christ: Attributes; Christ: Birth; Doxologies
Tune Information
Arranger: C. Winfred Douglas (1916)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 8 7 7
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Plainsong, 13th century

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