Love of the Father, love of God the Son (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-20)  CPDL #61565:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-11-20)  CPDL #61564:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Love of the Father, love of God the Son
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Tune: Song 22
Lyricist: Robert Bridges

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 10. 10 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1623 in Hymnes & Songs of the Church, no. 22
  2nd published: 1899 in Hymns: The Yattendon Hymnal, arranged by Monica Bridges, no. 28
  3rd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 159
Description: Text based on Amor Patris et Filii, 12th century.

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Original text and translations

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Love of the Father, Love of God the Son,
from whom all came, in whom was all begun;
who formest heavenly beauty out of strife,
creation’s whole desire and breath of life:

Thou the all-holy, thou supreme in might,
thou dost give peace, thy presence maketh right;
thou with thy favour all things dost enfold,
with thine all-kindness free from harm wilt hold.

Hope of all comfort, splendour of all aid,
that dost not fail nor leave the heart afraid:
to all that cry thou dost all help accord,
the angels’ armour, and the saints’ reward.

Purest and highest, wisest and most just,
there is no truth save only in thy trust;
thou dost the mind from earthly dreams recall,
and bring, through Christ, to him for whom are all.

Eternal glory, all men thee adore,
who art and shalt be worshipped evermore:
us whom thou madest, comfort with thy might,
and lead us to enjoy thy heavenly light.