Hymnum canentes martyrum. Venerable Bede. [The Holy Innocents.] Included, ascribed to Bede, in Cassander's Hymni Ecclesiastici, Cologne, 1556, and repeated by Ellinger, 1578, p. 256; Bässler, No. 63, and others. Also in Dr. Giles's edition of Bede's Opera, vol. i., Lond., 1843, p. 81, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines. Daniel, i., No. 176, quotes only stanza i. The first and last lines of each stanza are identical, a device which here produces a somewhat unnatural effect, and rather spoils an otherwise fine hymn. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
Translations in common use:—
1. The hymn for conquering martyrs raise. By J. M. Neale, in his Mediaeval Hymns, 1851, p. 15, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines, with short critical and historical notes. It was repeated in the People's Hymnal, 1867, and in an abridged form in the Hymnary, 1872.
2. A hymn for martyrs sweetly sing. This in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861, is Dr. Neale's translation altered by the compilers.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)