435. The Royal Banners Forward Go

1 The royal banners forward go;
The cross shines forth in mystic glow,
Where he through whom our flesh was made,
In that same flesh our ransom paid.

2 There while he hung, his sacred side
By soldier's spear was opened wide,
To cleanse us in the precious flood
Of water mingled with his blood.

3 Fulfilled is now what David told
In true prophetic song of old,
How God the nations' king should be;
For God is reigning from the tree.

4 O tree of glory, tree most fair,
Ordained those holy limbs to bear,
How bright in royal robe it stood--
The purple of a Savior's blood!

5 Upon its arms, like balance true,
He weighed the price for sinners due,
The price which none but he could pay,
And spoiled the spoiler of his prey.

6 To you, eternal Three in One,
Let homage due by all be done;
As by the cross you did restore,
So rule and guide us evermore.

Text Information
First Line: The royal banners forward go
Title: The Royal Banners Forward Go
Latin Title: Vexilla Regis prodeunt
Author: Venantius Fortunatus, c. 530-609
Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-1866 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Good Friday; Holy Thursday (Evening Mass of th Lord's Supper); Children's Hymns (3 more...)
Tune Information
Arranger: David Hurd, b. 1950
Meter: LM
Key: d minor
Source: Mode I; Realization in modal rhythm by Scola Antiqua, 1983
Copyright: Acc. © 1985, GIA Publications, Inc.

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