455. The Royal Banners Forward Go

1 The royal banners forward go;
The cross shows forth redemption's flow,
Where He, by whom our flesh was made,
Our ransom in His flesh has paid:

2 Where deep for us the spear was dyed,
Life's torrent rushing from His side,
To wash us in the precious flood
Where flowed the water and the blood.

3 Fulfilled is all that David told
In sure prophetic song of old.
That God the nations' king should be
And reign in triumph from the tree.

4 On whose hard arms, so widely flung,
The weight of this world's ransom hung,
The price of humankind to pay
And spoil the spoiler of his prey.

5 O Tree of beauty, tree most fair,
Ordained those holy limbs to bear:
Gone is thy shame, each crimsoned bough
Proclaims the King of Glory now.

6 To Thee, eternal Three in One,
Let homage meet by all be done;
As by the cross Thou dost restore,
So guide and keep us evermore.


Text Information
First Line: The royal banners forward go
Title: The Royal Banners Forward Go
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, c. 530-609
Translator (st. 1-4): John Mason Neale, 1818-66 (alt.)
Meter: L M
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Holy Cross Day
Source: The Hymnal 1982, Tr. sts. 5-6
Tune Information
Composer: Paul D. Weber, b. 1949
Meter: L M
Incipit: 34665 43432 14453
Key: e minor
Copyright: © 2003 Paul D. Weber

More media are available on the text authority page.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us