Of the Father’s Love Begotten

One of my favorite Christmas hymns, Of the Father’s Love Begotten is based on the medieval plainsong melody Divinum Mysterium, which first appeared in print in 1582 as part of a song collection known as Piae Cantiones. Coupled with the Latin poem Corde natus by Aurelius Prudentius, it takes on the form of this Christmas carol.

Lyrics and J. M. Neale’s translation:

Corde natus ex parentis
Ante mundi exordium
A et O cognominatus,
ipse fons et clausula
Omnium quæ sunt, fuerunt,
quæque post futura sunt.
Sæculorum sæculis.
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!
Psallat altitudo caeli,
psallite omnes angeli,
Quidquid est virtutis usquam
psallat in laudem Dei,
Nulla linguarum silescat,
vox et omnis consonet.
Sæculorum sæculis.
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!
Tibi, Christe, sit cum Patre
hagioque Pneumate
Hymnus, decus, laus perennis,
gratiarum actio,
Honor, virtus, victoria,
regnum aeternaliter.
Sæculorum sæculis.
Christ, to Thee with God the Father
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unwearied praises be.
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!


  1. Hi, I’m a friend of Denny Lin’s. I’m wondering if this is your own arrangement. This hymn is also one of my favorites and I would very much like to obtain a score of this organ arrangement if possible. Thanks! p.s. I found this blogpost through your YouTube channel after seeing Denny’s share on FB of your Three Variations of the Plum Blossom Theme. Very impressive!

    • Hi Amelia, this is the arrangement by Wilber Held, found in Six Carol Settings, Concordia Publishing House, 1970. Back when I was taken lessons through the USC connection, I came across the piece in the instruction book, The Organists’ Manual: Technical Studies & Selected Compositions for the Organ by Roger E. Davis.

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