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

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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