Of the Father’s love begotten
Of the Father’s love begotten. Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (ca. 348-ca. 413), translated by Sir Henry Williams Baker* (1821-1877) based on John Mason Neale* (1818-1866).
This hymn is part of the Cathemerinon of Prudentius, Hymn IX, ‘Hymnus Omnis Horae’, using the stanzas beginning ‘Corde natus ex Parentis’*.
Baker’s first line is probably the best known of the numerous translations (but see below). Neale translated five stanzas and then added a doxology for the Hymnal Noted, Part II (1854):
‘Of the Father sole begotten’
‘He is here, Whom seers in old time’
‘O that ever-blessed birthday’
‘Praise Him, O ye Heav’ns of Heavens’
‘Thee let age, and Thee let manhood’
(doxology) ‘Laud and honour...
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