Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the world from chaos rose,
He is Alpha, from that Fountain
All that is and has been flows;
He is Omega, of all things,
Yet to come the distant Close,
Evermore and evermore.

O how blest that wondrous birthday,
When the Maid the curse retrieved,
Brought to birth mankind’s salvation
By the Holy Ghost conceived,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer
In her loving arms received,
Evermore and evermore.

Sing, ye heights of heaven, his praises;
Angels and Archangels, sing!
Wheresoe’er ye be, ye faithful,
Let your joyous anthems ring,
Every tongue his name confessing,
Countless voices answering,
Evermore and evermore.

Words: Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-413);
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1854;
and Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), 1861
Music: Divinum mysterium (Corde natus)

–From the album Christmas is Coming, sung by the Winchester College Chapel Choir.

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