Dear Friend of Hymnary,

As you know, we don't ask for money too often. But we're asking now.

So before you hit the "close" button on this box, please consider a donation to keep Hymnary going.

More than half a million people come here every month -- worship leaders, hymnologists, hymn lovers and more -- people who now have access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet thanks to this site. But keeping all of this afloat does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. So if you benefit from, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by clicking the Donate button below, or you can send a check to Hymnary at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary team,
Harry Plantinga

Rex gloriose martyrum

Rex gloriose martyrum

Published in 3 hymnals

Text Information

First Line: Rex gloriose martyrum


Rex gloriose martyrum. [Common of Martyrs.] Probably of the 6th century. Included in the Bern manuscript 455 of the 10th century; in a manuscript of the 11th century, at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (391, p. 273); and in four manuscripts of the 11th century, in the British Museum (Vesp. D. xii. f. 106; Jul. A. vi. f. 64 b; Harl. 2961 f. 248; Add. 30851 f. 152 b); and in the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 1851, is printed from an 11th century manuscript at Durham (B. iii. 32 f. 38 h). Also in an 11th century manuscript at St. Gall, No. 414; and in the Roman, Sarum, York, Aberdeen, and other Breviaries. The printed text is also in Mone, No. 732 ; Daniel, i., No. 237, and iv. p. 139; Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865; G. M. Dreves's Hymnarius Moissiacensis, 1888, from a 10th century manuscript, &c. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

Translations in common use:—
1. 0 Thou, the Martyr's glorious King Of Confessors, &c. By E. Caswall, in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 214; and his Hymns and Poems, 1873, p. 113. In a few collections only.
2. Glorious King of martyrs. By T. I. Ball, in the 1860 Appendix to the Hymnal N.
3. 0 glorious King of martyr hosts. By R. F. Littledale, in the People's Hymnal, 1867, under the signature of "B. T.": and, again, in the Hymner, 1882.
Translations not in common use:—
1. O King of Martirs glorious. Primer, 1604.
2. O Thou the Martyrs glorious King, The Crowne, &c. Primer, 1615.
3. Bright King of Martyrs and the Crown. Primer, 16S5.
4. O Christ, thy Martyrs glorious King. Primer, 1706.
5. Glorious King of martyrs Thou. J. D. Campbell, 1850.
6. O glorious King of martyrs. W. J. Blew, 1852-55.
7. All glorious King of martyrs Thou. J. D. Chambers, 1854.
8. Jesus, the glorious martyrs' King. J. Wallace.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)