252. 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 blessèd,
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 Let the heights of heaven adore him,
angel hosts, his praises sing,
powers, 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, 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 C. Prudentius, 4th C.
Translator: John M. Neale (1854)
Translator: Henry W. Baker (1859, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Praise and Thanksgiving: Praising the Father; Praise and Thanksgiving: Songs for Praising the Father
Language: English
Tune Information
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Plainsong, c. 13th C.; arr. Based on C. Winfred Douglas, 1916

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