273. Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band

1 Sweet flow'rets of the martyr band,
Plucked by the tyrant's ruthless hand
Upon the threshold of the morn,
Like rosebuds by a tempest torn;

2 First victim for th'incarnate Lord,
A tender flock to feel the sword;
Beside the very altar, gay,
With palm and crown, ye seemed to play.

3 Ah, what availed King Herod's wrath?
He could not stop the Savior's path.
Alone, while others murdered lay,
In safety Christ is borne away.

4 O Lord, the Virgin-born, to Thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore.


Text Information
First Line: Sweet flow'rets of the martyr band
Title: Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band
Latin Title: Salvete, flores martyrum
Translator: Henry W. Baker (1875, alt.)
Author: Aurelius C. Prudentius, d. 413 (cento)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Holy Innocents
Tune Information
Composer: Daniel Vetter (1713)
Meter: L.M.
Key: E♭ Major

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