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The Son of God goes forth to war,

A kingly crown to gain ;
His blood-red banner streams afar:

Who follows in His train ?

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Who best can drink His cup of woe,

Triumphant over pain,
Who patient bears His cross below,

He follows in His train.

3 The Martyr, first, whose eagle eye

ould pierce beyond the grave ; Who saw his Master in the sky,

And called on Him to save.

4 Like Him, with pardon on his tongue,

In midst of mortal pain,
He prayed for them that did the wrong:

Who follows in his train ?

5 A glorious band, the chosen few,

On whom the Spirit came ;
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,

And mocked the cross and flame.

6 They met the tyrant's brandished steel,

The lion's gory mane;
They bowed their necks the death to feel :

Who follows in their train ?

7 A noble army, men and boys,

The matron and the maid,
Around the Saviour's throne rejoice,

In robes of light arrayed.
8 They climbed the steep ascent of heaven,

Through peril, toil, and pain ;
O God! to us may grace be given
To follow in their train! Amen.

Bp. R. Heber.

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St. John the Evangelist's Day.

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WORD Supreme, before creation

Born of God eternally,
Who didst will for our salvation

To be born on earth, and die ;
Well Thy saints have kept their station,

Watching till Thine hour drew nigh.
Now, 'tis come, and faith espies Thee;

Like an eaglet in the morn,
One in steadfast worship eyes Thee,

Thy beloved, Thy latest born:
In Thy glory he descries Thee

Reigning from the tree of scorn. 3 He first, hoping and believing,

Did beside the grave adore;
Latest he, the warfare leaving,

Landed on th' eternal shore;
And his witness we receiving

Own Thee Lord for evermore.

4 Much he asked in loving wonder,

On Thy bosom leaning, Lord ;
In that secret place of thunder

Answer kind didst Thou accord,
Wisdom for Thy Church to ponder

Till the day of dread award.

5 Lo! heaven's doors lift up, revealing

How Thy judgments earthward move,
Scrolls unfolded, trumpets pealing,
Wine cups

from the wrath above;
Yet o'er all a soft voice stealing-
“Little children, trust and love !"

7. Keble.

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Jussu tyranni pro fide.
EXPELLED by tyrant's harsh command,
The Exile on the sea-girt strand,
Disdainful of the chains of earth,
Asserts his free celestial birth.

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Before him stands, in vision dread,
Jesus who liveth, and was dead :
The Lamb for us a Victim slain ;
The Lion who hath rent death's chain.

3 There, to the prophet's kindling eye,

He pictures heaven's bright mystery ;
And shows, with blood of martyrs sown,
Earth's kingdoms conquered for His own.

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4 Grant us, O Christ, with Thee to die ;

With Thee to rise and reign on high ;-
All gain terrestrial to despise,

And joys celestial only prize.
5 We praise the Father, and the Son

Who hath o'er death the victory won,
That we, with Him, may conquerors be ;
With whom, blest Spirit, praise to Thee. Amen.

W. E. Green. (tr.)
The Innocents' Day.

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Hymnum canentes martyrum.
THE hymn for Infant Martyrs raise
Through whom the Lord did perfect praise ;
Whom earth so early cast away,
And heaven with joy received to-day;
Whose angels see the Father's face,

World without end, and sing His grace. 2 A voice from Ramah was there sent,

A voice of weeping and lament,
When Rachel mourned her children sore,
Whom for the tyrant's sword she bore;
Triumphant is their glory now,

The first for Christ in death to bow. 3 Dwelling on Sion's holy hill,

The Lamb's own steps they follow still ;
Death hath no power to hurt them more,
The hour of pain and grief is o'er ;
All bright they shine in heavenly day,
And every tear is wiped away.

Ven. Bede. 7. M. Nealt. (tr.*)

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i GLORY to Thee, O Lord !

Who, from this world of sin,
By the fierce Herod's ruthless sword

Those precious ones didst win.

2 Glory to Thee, O Lord !

For now, all grief unknown,
They wait in patience their reward,

The martyr's heavenly crown.

3 Baptized in their own blood,

Earth's untried perils o'er,
They passed unconsciously the flood,

And safely gained the shore. 4 Glory to Thee for all

The ransomed infant band, Who since that hour have heard Thy call,

And reached the quiet land !

5 Oh, that our hearts within,

Like theirs, were pure and bright; Oh, that as free from deeds of sin

We shrunk not from Thy sight !

6 Lord, help us every hour

Thy cleansing grace to claim ; In life to glorify Thy power,

In death to praise Thy Name. Amen.

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