1 Martyr of God, whose strength was steeled
To follow close God’s only Son,
Well didst thou brave thy battlefield,
And well thy heavenly bliss was won!
2 Now join thy prayers with ours, who pray
That God may pardon us and bless;
For prayer keeps evil’s plague away,
And draws from life its weariness.
3 Long, long ago, were loosed the chains
That held thy body once in thrall;
For us how many a bond remains!
O Love of God release us all.
4 All praise to God the Father be,
All praise to thee, eternal Son;
All praise, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
While never-ending ages run. Amen.
|First Line:||Martyr of God, whose strength was steeled|
|Latin Title:||Martyr Dei qui unicum|
|Translator:||Percy Dearmer, 1867-1936|
|Topic:||The Christian Year: Festivals and Other Holidays: General; Martyrs; Office Hymn|
|Source:||Latin, c. 10th century|
|Notes:||Alternative tune ANGELS' SONG 235; For one martyr|
|Copyright:||Arr. by permission of Oxford University Press (from "English Hymnal," 1933)|