The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Of The Father's Love Begotten

Version 3

Words: Corde Natus Ex Parentis, Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-413)
Translated to English by John Mason Neale, 1854,
and Sir Henry Williams Baker, 1859

Music: "Divinum Mysterium," Sanctus trope, 11th Century
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Meter: 87 87 877

Source: The Hymnal. New York: James Pott & Co., 1889, #52, pp. 41-42.

1. Of the Father's love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He the 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. Oh that ever-blessed birthday,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race;
And the Child, the world's Redeemer,
First displayed His sacred face,
Evermore and evermore!

3. Praise Him, O ye heaven of heavens!
Praise Him, angels in their height!
Every power and every virtue
Sing the praise of God aright:
Let no tongue of man be silent,
Let each heart and voice unite,
Evermore and evermore!

4. Thee let age, and Thee let manhood,
Thee let choirs of infants sing;
Thee the matrons and the virgins,
And the children answering:
Let their guileless song re-echo,
And their heart its praises bring,
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 domination,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

Translations of the Latin lyrics include:

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