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Hail Thee, Festival Day

Author (sts. 1, 3): Venantius Fortunatus

Venantius Honorius Clematianus Fortunatus (b. Cenada, near Treviso, Italy, c. 530; d. Poitiers, France, 609) was educated at Ravenna and Milan and was converted to the Christian faith at an early age. Legend has it that while a student at Ravenna he contracted a disease of the eye and became nearly blind. But he was miraculously healed after anointing his eyes with oil from a lamp burning before the altar of St. Martin of Tours. In gratitude Fortunatus made a pilgrimage to that saint's shrine in Tours and spent the rest of his life in Gaul (France), at first traveling and composing love songs. He developed a platonic affection for Queen Rhadegonda, joined her Abbey of St. Croix in Poitiers, and became its bishop in 599. His Hymns far all th… Go to person page >

Author (sts. 2, 4): Mark A. Jeske

Mark A. Jeske translated st 2. of "Lord, Open Now My Heart to Hear" in Lutheran Service Book #908 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lo, in the likeness of the fire
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Author (sts. 1, 3): Venantius Fortunatus
Author (sts. 2, 4): Mark A. Jeske
Meter: Irregular
Source: Translation composite
Copyright: Text st.1,3: From the English Hymnal. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press. *Text st.2,4: © 1993 Mark A. Jeske. Used by permission.

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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