Opus 1554

Evermore and Evermore (A St. John Carol) (2024)

for Voice(s) and Opt. Keyboard

Text by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius; trans. Carl P. Daw, Jr.

Duration: 3 min.

Dedication: for the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Tune: MEUX (87 87 877)

From the Parent’s heart, the firstborn
when no worlds had been begun,
this is Alpha and Omega,
source and end that join as one
all that is now, ever has been,
and in future will be done,
evermore and evermore.

Word who ordered and created,
by whose word all came to be,
calling forth threefold creation:
heavèn, earth, encircling sea,
filled with life that shares the moon’s glow
and the sun’s warm energy,
evermore and evermore.

Here is One whom seers and sages
longed to know in ancient days,
One foretold by faithful prophets,
singing with their hearts ablaze.
So shines forth the One long promised,
who inspires all creatures’ praise,
evermore and evermore.

Let the highest heavèns ring out
with angelic melody.
All who have the pow’r to praise God,
sing, wherever you may be.
Let no mortal tongue keep silent;
voices, blend in harmony,
evermore and evermore.

Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Corde natus ex Parentis, trans. Carl P. Daw, Jr.
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