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398. Sing, my tongue, how glorious battle

1 Sing, my tongue, how glorious battle
glorious victory became;
and above the cross, his trophy,
tell the triumph and the fame:
tell how he, the earth's Redeemer,
by his death for all o'ercame.

2 When the thirty years were ended,
humbly lived for all to see,
willingly he met his passion,
born to set his people free:
on the cross the Lamb is lifted,
there the sacrifice to be.

3 His the nails, the spear, the spitting,
reed and vinegar and gall;
from his patient body piercèd
blood and water streaming fall:
earth and sea and stars and mankind
by that stream are cleansèd all.

4 Faithful cross, above all other,
one and only noble tree,
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit your match can be:
focus of the world's redemption,
your dear burden makes us free.

5 Praise and honour to the Father,
praise and honour to the Son,
praise and honour to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One,
one in might, and one in glory,
while eternal ages run.

Text Information
First Line: Sing, my tongue, how glorious battle
Latin Title: Pagne, lingua, gloriosi proelium certaminis
Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (c. 535-609)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866) (alt.)
Translator: William Mair (1830-1920) (alt.)
Translator: Arthur Wellesley Wotherspoon (1853-1936) (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Christ Incarnate: Passion and Death; Christian Year: Good Friday; Jesus: cross
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: c minor or modal
Source: Plainsong, Mode iii (Sarum form); Harm.: compilers of Church Hymnary, 3rd edition, 1973

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