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238. Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs

1. Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs,
holy women, holy men,
with affection's recollections
greet we your return again.
Worthy deeds they wrought, and wonders,
worthy of the Name they bore;
we, with meetest praise and sweetest,
honor them for evermore.

2. Faith prevailing, hope unfailing,
loving Christ with single heart,
thus they, glorious and victorious
bravely bore the martyr's part,
by contempt of every anguish,
by unyielding battle done;
victors at the last, they triumph
with the host of angels one.

3. Therefore, ye that reign in glory,
fellow-heirs with Christ on high,
join to ours your supplication
when before him we draw nigh,
praying that, this life completed,
all its fleeting moments past,
by his grace we may be worthy
of eternal bliss at last.

Text Information
First Line: Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs
Original Language: Latin
Translator: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866
Meter: 87. 87 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Holy Days and Various Occasions: Martyrs
Source: Latin, 12th Cent.
Tune Information
Arranger: Margaret W. Mealy, b. 1922
Meter: 87. 87 D
Key: F Major

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