Of the Father's love begotten (J. Guy Stalnaker)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-09)   CPDL #51280:     
Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-09-09).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 254 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The uploaded MIDI file is for Section III of the composition.

General Information

Title: Of the Father's Love Begotten
Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker
Lyricist: Prudentius

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2018

Description: A three-section anthem on selected verses from Prudentius' CATHEMERINON LIBER, 4th c., IX. HYMNUS OMNIS HORAE, trans. R. Martin Pope, HYMNS FOR THE CHRISTIAN'S DAY, IX. HYMNS FOR ALL HOURS.

External websites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prudentius, http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14959/14959-h/14959-h.htm

Original text and translations

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1. Of the Father's love begotten,
ere the world from chaos rose.
He is Alpha; from that Fountain
all that is and hath been flows;
He is Omega, of all things
yet to come the mystic Close.
In saecula saeculorum.

2. This is He whom seer and sibyl
sang in ages long gone by;
This is He of old revealed
in the page of prophecy;
Lo! Hecomes, the promised Savior;
Let the world His praises cry!
In saecula saeculorum.

3. Sing we now the works sure proven,
wrought of God in mystic wise;
Heav'n is witness; earth confesses
how she saw with wond'ring eyes
God himself with mortals mingling,
man to teach in human guise.
In saecula saeculorum.

4. O how blest that wondrous birthday,
when the Maid the curse retrieved,
Brought to birth mankind's salvation,
by the Holy Ghost conceived;
And the sacred Babe, Redeemer
of the world, her arms received;
In saecula saeculorum.

5. Sing, ye heights of heav'n, His praises;
angels and archangels, sing!
Where so e'er ye be, ye faithful,
let your joyous anthems ring,
Ev'ry tongue His name confessing,
countless voices answering.
In saecula saeculorum.