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)