916. Only-Begotten Word of God Eternal

1 Only-begotten, Word of God eternal,
Lord of creation, merciful and mighty:
Hear us, Your servants, as our tuneful voices
Rise in Your presence.

2 Holy this temple where our Lord is dwelling;
This is none other than the gate of heaven.
Ever Your children, year by year rejoicing,
Chant in Your temple.

3 Hear us, O Father, as we throng Your temple.
By Your past blessings, by Your present bounty,
Smile on Your children, and in grace and mercy
Hear our petition.

4 God in three persons, Father everlasting,
Son co-eternal, ever blessed Spirit:
To You be praises, thanks, and adoration,
Glory forever.

Text Information
First Line: Only-begotten Word of God eternal
Title: Only-Begotten Word of God Eternal
Translator: Maxwell J. Blacker, 1822-88
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:27-30; Psalm 20:1-5
Topic: Beginning of Service; House of God
Source: Latin, c. 9th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ISTE CONFESSOR
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Antiphoner, Poitiers, 1746; New English Hymnal, 1986 (Setting)



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