483. 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 Spirit blessed conceiving,
bore the Savior of our race;
and the babe, the world’s Redeemer,
first revealed his sacred face,
evermore and evermore.

3 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.

4 Christ, to you, with God the Father
and the Spirit, there shall be
hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
and the shout of jubilee:
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
Original Language: Latin
Author: Marcus Aurelius C. Prudentius (4th cent.)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1854)
Translator: Henry W. Baker (1859, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Son and Redeemer; Christ; Christ--Adoration and praise (3 more...)
Tune Information
Arranger: Charles Winfred Douglas (1916)
Key: E♭ Major
Source: 12th cent. plainsong
Copyright: Arrangement © 1943, 1961, 1981 by The Church Pension Fund

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