782. Blessed Feasts of Blessed Martyrs

1 Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs,
Holy women, holy men,
With our love and admiration,
Greet we your return again.
Worthy deeds they wrought, and wonders,
Worthy of the name they bore;
We, with joyful praise and singing,
Honor them for evermore.

2 Faith prevailing, hope unfailing,
Loving Christ with single heart,
Thus they, glorious and victorious,
Bravely bore the martyr's part,
By contempt of ev'ry anguish,
By unyielding battle done;
Victors at the last, they triumph,
With the host of angels one.

3 Therefore, all that reign in glory,
Faithful heirs with Christ on high,
Join to ours your supplication
When before Christ we draw nigh,
Praying that, this life completed,
All its fleeting moments past,
By Christ's grace we may be worthy
Of eternal bliss at last.

Text Information
First Line: Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs
Title: Blessed Feasts of Blessed Martyrs
Latin Title: O beata beatorum
Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-1866 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2003
Topic: Praise; Saints
Source: 11th cent.
Tune Information
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Oude en Nieuwe Hollanste Boerenlietes en Contredansen, c. 1710

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