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122. 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 th' appointed time was come,
He, the Word, was born of woman,
Left for us his Father's home,
Blazed the path of true obedience,
Shone as light amidst the gloom.

3 Thus, with thirty years accomplished,
He went forth from Nazareth,
Destined, dedicated, willing,
Did his work and met his death;
Like a lamb he humbly yielded
On the cross his dying breath.

4 Faithful cross, true sign of triumph,
Be for all the noblest tree;
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit your equal be,
Symbol of the world's redemption,
For your burden makes us free.

5 Unto God be praise and glory;
To the Father and the Son,
To th' eternal Spirit honor
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, c. 530-609
Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-66
Publication Date: 1993
Meter: 87 87 87
Topic: Lent
Tune Information
Composer: Carl F. Schalk, b. 1929
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: c minor
Copyright: Tune and Setting: © 1967 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission of CPH.

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