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Hail Thee, Festival Day

Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus

Fortunatus, Venantius Honorius Clementianus, was born at Ceneda, near Treviso, about 530. At an early age he was converted to Christianity at Aquileia. Whilst a student at Ravenna he became almost blind, and recovered his sight, as he believed miraculously, by anointing his eyes with some oil taken from a lamp that burned before the altar of St. Martin of Tours, in a church in that town. His recovery induced him to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Martin, at Tours, in 565, and that pilgrimage resulted in his spending the rest of his life in Gaul. At Poitiers he formed a romantic, though purely platonic, attachment for Queen Rhadegunda, the daughter of Bertharius, king of the Thuringians, and the wife, though separated from him, of Lot… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All the fair beauty of earth (Composite translation)
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Latin Title: Salve, feste dies
Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus
Meter: Irregular
Source: The English Hymnal, 1906, st 2-P, alt. (tr.); Lutheran Book of Worship sts. 1, 2-E, 2-A, 3-6, refrains, alt. (tr.)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail thee, festival day!
Publication Date: 2006
Copyright: Sts. 1, 2-E, 3-6, refrains: © 1978 "Lutheran Book of Worship"

Tune

SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (PHH 400) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose title comes from the opening words of that text, was published in The English Hymnal of 1906. Like SINE NOMINE (505), this tune is vi…

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Gather Comprehensive #450

Lutheran Service Book #489

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The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #164

Worship (3rd ed.) #444

Worship (4th ed.) #524

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