1 Love of the Father, Love of God the Son,
from whom all came, in whom was all begun;
who formest heavenly beauty out of strife,
creation's whole desire and breath of life:
2 Thou the all-holy, thou supreme in might,
thou dost give peace, thy presence maketh right;
thou with thy favour all things dost enfold,
with thine all-kindness free from harm wilt hold.
3 Hope of all comfort, splendour of all aid,
that dost not fail nor leave the heart afraid:
to all that cry thou dost all help accord,
the angels' armour, and the saints' reward.
4 Purest and highest, wisest and most just,
there is no truth save only in thy trust;
thou dost the mind from earthly dreams recall,
and bring, through Christ, to him for whom are all.
5 Eternal glory, all men thee adore,
who art and shalt be worshipped evermore:
us whom thou madest, comfort with thy might,
and lead us to enjoy thy heavenly light.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #253
|First Line:||Love of the Father, love of God the Son|
|Latin Title:||Amor Patris et Filii, veri splendor auxilii|
|Source:||Based on a 12th century Latin hymn|
Amor Patris et Filii, veri splendor auxilii. [Whitsuntide.] This is found in a manuscript of c. 1200 from Thame Abbey, Oxon, now in the B. M. (Burney 357, f. 15b), in a MS. of the 12th century, at Toulouse (162, f. 175; see Catalogue), and others. Printed in Mone, No. 180, Kehrein, No. 137, &c. Translated as:
Love of the Father, Love of God the Son, a fine version by R. B. in the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, No. 28, and The English Hymnal, 1906. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)