Of the Father’s love begotten

I found this “lost” verse of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” on Dr. Gene Edward Veith’s blog. Sure wish it was in our LCMS hymnals.

He was 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 depths of hell below. (Evermore and evermore)

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. Oh, that birth forever blessed
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.

3. O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

4. This is He whom Heaven-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.

5. Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore.

The Lutheran Hymnal Hymn #98
Text: 1 Tim. 3:16
Author: Aurelius C. Prudentius, 413, cento
Translated by: John. M. Neale, 1854 and Henry W. Baker, 1861
Titled: “Corde natus ex Parentis”
Tune: “Divinum mysterium”, Plain-song tune, 12th century

Text retrieved from http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com

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One Response

  1. Hey I’m doing that song with the Methodist choir on the 8th. They were like “hey this is in our hymnal but we’ve never sung it.” How sad for them. Oh well. Telling you you’re a nerd would be superfluous at this point 😉 See ya in a couple weeks!

    ~Heidi

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