BH (CS) 73 Of the Father's Love Begotten
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1. 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 the future years shall see.

2. Blessed was the day forever When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, Bore the Savior of our race.
And the Child, the world's Redeemer, First revealed His sacred face.

3. 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 the Lord.

4. O ye heights of heav'n, adore Him; Angel hosts, His praises sing;
All dominions, bow before Him, And extol our God and King;
Let no tongue on earth be silent, Every voice in concert ring.

5. Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son,
Glory to the Holy Spirit, Persons three, yet God-head One.
Glory be from all creation While eternal ages run.

Text: Corde Natus ex parietis, Marcus Aurelius Celemns Prudentius (348-c.413), in his Cathmerinon, 4th cent. Vrs. 1-4 trans by John Mason Neal (1818-1866) and Henry William Baker (1821-1877) in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861, alt.
Tune: ST THOMAS (Webbe) 8787D, probably John Francis Wade (c.1711-1786) in Cantus Diversi, 1751

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