Of the Father’s Love Begotten (DIVINUM MYSTERIUM)
Text: Aurelius Prudentius, 5th century, Trans. by John M. Neale, 1818-1866, and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877.
Tune: Divinum Mysterium, Sanctus trope, 11th Century
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!
O that birth forever blessèd, 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!