185. Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle

1 Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,
sing the ending of the fray;
now above the cross, the trophy,
sound the loud triumphant lay:
tell how Christ, the world's redeemer,
as a victim won the day.

2 Tell how, when at length the fullness
of the appointed time was come,
Christ, the word, was born of woman,
left for us his heavenly home;
showed us human life made perfect,
shone as light amid the gloom.

3 Thus, with thirty years accomplished,
went he forth from Nazareth,
destined, dedicated, willing,
wrought his work and met his death.
Like a lamb he humbly yielded
on the cross his dying breath.

4 Faithful cross, thou sign of triumph,
now for us the noblest tree,
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be;
symbol of the world's redemption,
for the weight that hung on thee!

5 Unto God be praise and glory:
to the Father and the Son,
to the eternal spirit honour
now and evermore be done;
praise and glory in the highest,
while the timeless ages run.

Text Information
First Line: Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle
Title: Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle
Author: Venantius Fortunatus (540?-600?)
Translator: Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 87 87 87
Scripture: ;
Topic: Holy Week (Good Friday)
Notes: Alt. tune PANGE LINGUA 50
Copyright: Tr. © Oxford University Press
Tune Information
Composer: Kaspar Ett (1788-1847)
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Cantica Sacra, Munich, 1840
Notes: Lower key 299

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