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Of the Father’s Love Begotten

  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 that future years shall see,
    evermore and evermore!
  2. O that birth forever blessed,
    when the Virgin, full of grace,
    by the Holy Ghost conceiving,
    bore the Savior of our race;
    and the babe, the world’s Redeemer,
    first revealed his sacred face,
    evermore and evermore!
  3. This is he whom heav’n-taught singers
    sang of old with one accord,
    whom the Scriptures of the prophets
    promised in their faithful word;
    now he shines, the long-expected;
    let creation praise its Lord,
    evermore and evermore!
  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,
    ev’ry voice in concert ring,
    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 dominion
    and eternal victory,
    evermore and evermore!
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Scripture Reference
John 1:1-18, Revelation 1:8, Hebrews 1:3-6, Luke 1:26-35
Composer Information
Douglas, Charles Winfred (Plainsong, 12th cent.)