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737. Faithful cross! above all other (Crux fidelis inter omnes)

1 Faithful cross, above all other:
one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be:
sweetest wood and sweetest iron,
sweetest weight is hung on thee.

2 Bend thy boughs, O tree of glory!
Thy relaxing sinews bend;
for awhile the ancient rigor
that thy birth bestowed, suspend;
and the King of heavenly beauty
gently on thine arms extend.

3 Praise and honor to the Father,
praise and nonor to the Son,
praise and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One:
one in might and one in glory
while eternal ages run.

1 Crux fidelis inter omnes,
arbor una nobilis:
Nulla talem silva, profert,
fronde, flore, germine;
dulce lignum, dulces clavos,
dulce pondus sustinet.

Text Information
First Line: Faithful cross, above all other (Crux fidelis inter omnes)
Title: Faithful cross! above all other (Crux fidelis inter omnes)
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (540-600?)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Meter: 87.87.87
Language: English, Latin
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Hymns and Spiritual Songs: Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
Tune Information
Composer: Randall Giles (b. 1950)
Meter: 87.87.87
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1994 Paraclete Press

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