The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From God The Father Comes To Earth

For The Epiphany
At Matins

Words: A Patre Unigénite, An Anonymous Latin Hymn from the 10th or 11th Century, with notes

Music: Tune #131

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Parts I &  II (London: Novello & Co., 1889), Appendix, #131, pp. 141-142.

1. From God the Father comes to earth
The only Son, through Virgin-birth ;
His Cross the Font doth consecrate,
The faithful to regenerate.

2. From highest heaven His course began,
He took the form of mortal man ;
Creation by His death restored,
And shed new joys of life abroad.

3. We pray Thee, Saviour, of Thy love,
To hear us from Thy throne above :
Enlighten Thou our clouded sense,
Fresh beams of light to us dispense.

4. Abide with us, O Lord, we pray,
The gloom of night remove away ;
The work of healing, Lord, begin,
And do away the stain of sin.

5 Earth once, we know, Thy coming saw,
Thou, we believe, shalt come once more,
Thy sceptre now to us extend,
And with Thy holy shield defend.

6. All glory, Lord, to Thee we pay,
For Thine Epiphany to-day ;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #131, p. 141.

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