Of The Father’s Love Begotten

Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Roby Furley Davis, John Mason Neale, Henry Baker
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Other and Classical music
Instrumental parts

Father’s Love is a setting of the 12th century plainchant “Divinum mysterium.” The original Latin text, Corde natus ex parentis,” is attributed to Prudentius (348?-413) and the tune itself was first published in Theodoricis Petri’s Piae Cantiones (1582). The text for the present work is adapted from translations made by Roby Furley Davis (English Hymnal, 1906), and the more familiar 19th century text adapted by John Mason Neale (The Hymnal Noted, 1854) and Henry Baker (Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861). Strewn inside the accompaniment are references to other Christmas melodies “Er ist ein Rose,” “Silent Night” and “Hark the Herald.”

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