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Of the Father’s love begotten


P. Nyland

Unison or SATB

Divinum Mysterium. From Piae Cantiones 1582)

Prudentius (Translated by J.M Neal, Sir H.W. Baker and others)


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!

At His Word the worlds were framéd;
   He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean
   in their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
   Of the moon and burning sun,
            evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blesséd,
   when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
   bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world's Redeemer,
   First revealed His sacred face,
            evermore and evermore!

O ye 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 sing,
            evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time
   chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets
   promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
   Let creation praise its Lord,
            evermore and evermore!

Hail to thee of souls departed,
   Hail thou King of them that live,
On the Father's throne exalted
   none in might with Thee may strive;
Who at last in judgement coming
   Sinners from Thy face shalt drive,
            evermore and evermore!

Now let old and young men's voices
   join with boys boys thy name to sing;
Matrons, virgins, little maidens,
   in glad chorus answering:
Let their guileless songs re-echo,
   And the heart its music bring,
            evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,
   and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving,
   and unwearied praises be:
Honour, glory, and dominion,
   And eternal victory,
            evermore and evermore!


Of the fathers Love - Divinum Mysterium

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 20-Apr-09

Of the Fatherís love begotten

Of the Father's Heart Begotten or alternately known as Of the Father's Love Begotten. The text and plainsong Divinum Mysterium by Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius date from the fourth century. There are two main translations commonly sung today, one by Roby Furley Davis, and another by John Mason Neale and Henry W. Baker. The music was included in the 16th Century collection Piae Cantiones under its Latin title Corde natus.


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