Hail Thee, Festival Day

Author: Venantius Honorius 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 >

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First Line: Bright and in likeness of fire
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus
Meter: Irregular
Source: Tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail thee, festival day
Publication Date: 1982
Copyright: © 1978 "Lutheran Book of Worship"


SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (<a href="/hymn/PsH/316#tuneinfo">PHH 316</a>) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (<a href="/hymn/PsH/400#tuneinfo">PHH 400</a>) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose…

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