Words: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 4th cent.; trans. John Mason Neale, 1851 and Henry Baker, 1859

Music: Plainchant, 11th cent.

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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, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

At His Word the earth was 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!

Oh that birth forever blessed, when the virgin, called 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!

Verse 4:
This is He Whom ancient seers long foretold in one accord,
Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the nations' Savior,
Let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore!