186. The Royal Banners Forward Go

1 The royal banners forward go;
the cross shines forth in mystic glow;
where he, the Life, did flesh endure,
and by that death did life procure.

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 all his words foretold;
then spread the banners, and unfold
love's crowning power, that all may see
he reigns and triumphs from the tree.

4 O tree of grace, the conquering sign,
which dost in royal purple shine,
gone is thy shame; for, lo, each bough
proclaims the prince of glory now.

5 For once thy favoured branches bore
the wealth that did the world restore,
the priceless treasure, freely spent
to pay for our enfranchisement.

6 Father of all, life's source and spring,
may every soul thy praises sing;
may those obey the rule of heaven,
for whom the perfect life was given.

Text Information
First Line: The royal banners forward go
Title: The Royal Banners Forward Go
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Translator: Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)
Author: Venantius Fortunatus (540?-600?)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: LM
Scripture: John 18:33-37; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Galatians 3:6-14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Peter 2:19-25
Topic: Holy Week (Good Friday)
Copyright: Tr. © Oxford University Press
Tune Information
Name: VEXILLA REGIS
Harmonizer: Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Meter: LM
Key: e minor or modal
Source: Plainsong, Mode 1 (12th cent.)
Copyright: Harm. © Estate of Healey Willan



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