Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-c.413) tr. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), altered

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Of the Father’s heart begotten
when the worlds had yet 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.

By his word was all created;
he commanded; it was done!
Earth and sky and boundless ocean,
universe of three in one,
all that sees the world’s soft radiance,
all that breathes beneath the sun.
Evermore and evermore.

This is he whom saints in old time,
in their visions looked toward,
whom the voices of the prophets
promised in their faithful word:
now he shines, the long-expected;
let creation praise its Lord.
Evermore and evermore.

Now let old and young uniting
sound, in music’s richest ways,
all his wondrous grace and glory,
infant lips their anthems raise,
sisters, brothers, parents singing
with pure heart their song of praise.
Evermore and evermore.

All the heights of Heaven adore him;
angel hosts, his praises sing;
all dominions bow before him,
and extol our God and King;
let no tongue on Earth be silent,
every voice in concert sing.
Evermore and evermore.