The royal standard forward goes

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1 The royal standard forward goes,
The holy Cross with mystery glows,
Where death by life was put to shame,
And life from death triumphant came.

2 Here from my Saviour's piercèd side
Flows forth the purifying tide,
That lets no sinful spot remain,
As blood and water cleanse each stain.

3 Fulfilled is now the hope foretold,
That faithful prophets sang of old;
When God His wondering people see,
Ruling all nations from the Tree.

4 Hail! only source of hope and life;
In this sad time of pain and strife,
To faithful souls Thy grace increase,
And to the guilty give Thy peace.

5 And now, O Blessèd Trinity,
Let endless praises be to Thee,
Who through the triumph of Thy love,
Hast gained for us a crown above.


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #91

Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus 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 >

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