"The Royal Banners Forward Go" by Venantius Fortunatus, c. 530-609 Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866 Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.131 1. The royal banners forward go; The cross shines forth in mystic glow Where He in flesh, our flesh who made, our sentence bore, our ransom paid; 2. Where deep for us the spear was dyed, Life's torrent rushing from His side. To wash us in that precious flood Where mingled water flowed and blood. 3. Fulfilled is all that David told In true prophetic song of old; Amidst the nations, God, saith he, Hath reigned and triumphed from the tree. 4. O Tree of beauty, Tree of light, O Tree with royal purple dight; Elect, on whose triumphal breast Those holy limbs should find their rest; 5. On whose dear arms, so widely flung, The weight of this world’s ransom hung The price of humankind to pay And spoil the spoiler of his prey. 6. O Cross, our one reliance, hail! So may thy power with us avail To give new virtue to the saint And pardon to the penitent. 7. To Thee, eternal Three in One, Let homage meet by all be done Whom by the cross Thou dost restore, Preserve, and govern evermore.This text was converted to ascii format for Project Wittenberg by Cindy A. Beesley and is in the public domain. You may freely distribute, copy or print this text. Please direct any comments or suggestions to: Rev. Robert E. Smith of the Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes: Hymn #168 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 96:10 Author: Venantius Fortunatus, 569, cento Translated by: John M. Neale, 1851, alt. Titled: “VV: ed: "Vexilla Regis prodeunt" Composer: John Hampton, 1875, ad. Tune: “"Vexilla Regis”"
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