Of the Father's love begotten

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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 and have been,
  And that future years shall see,
    Evermore and evermore.
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This is He whom they 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 its Lord,
    Evermore and evermore.
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O ye heights of heav'n, adore Him;
  Angel hosts, His praises sing;
All dominions, bow before Him,
  And extol our Lord and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
  Every voice in concert ring,
    Evermore and evermore.
4
Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
  And, with 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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Steve Miller

Detroit, Mi, United States

Aurelius Clemens Prudentius grew up in Spain, becoming a lawyer and judge. In 379 he was invited to Rome to become part of the emperor's staff. He was fascinated by Rome with its new Christian churches and the tombs of the martyrs. Christianity had been legalized earlier that century and was now the official religion of the empire.

Despite his early enthusiasm, Prudentius soon grew weary of public life. He felt he had become too self-centered, so, in 395 he forsook his worldly position and entered a monastery. There he wrote several devotional and practical works. A few fragments like this have been translated and set to music. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Here are additional stanzas:

Between stanzas 1 & 2:

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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!

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Before the last stanza:

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Righteous judge of souls departed,

righteous King of them that live,

On the Father’s throne exalted

none in might with Thee may strive;

Who at last in vengeance coming

Sinners from Thy face shalt drive,

evermore and evermore!

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Thee let old men, thee let young men,

thee let boys in chorus sing;

Matrons, virgins, little maidens,

with glad voices answering:

Let their guileless songs re-echo,

And the heart its music bring,

evermore and evermore!

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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!

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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!