Saturday, March 25, 2017

Of the Father’s love begotten...

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 framèd;
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!

He is found in human fashion, death and sorrow here to know,
 That the race of Adam’s children
doomed by law to endless woe,
 May not henceforth die and perish
 In the dreadful gulf below, 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!

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

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