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384. 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 seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord,
Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and evermore.

4 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,
Ev'ry voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

5 Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Of the Father's love begotten
Title: Of the Father's Love Begotten
Original Language: Latin
Author: Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, 348-c. 413
Translator (sts. 1-4): John Mason Neale, 1818-66 (alt.)
Translator (st. 5): Henry W. Baker, 1821-77
Meter: 87 87 877
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ; ;
Tune Information
Name: DIVINUM MYSTERIUM
Meter: 87 87 877
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Plainsong, 13th cent., mode V



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