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162. 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,
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 O ye heights of heav'n, adore him;
angel hosts, his praises sing;
all 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 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
Original Language: Latin
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
Translator: John Mason Neale (1854)
Translator: Henry Williams Baker (1859)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.7.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Scripture: ;
Topic: Christ: Birth of; Jesus Christ: His Deity; Christ: Messiah (2 more...)
Tune Information
Name: DIVINUM MYSTERIUM
Arranger: Charles Winfred Douglas (1916)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.7.
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Plainsong, 12th cent.



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