1 Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle;
tell the triumph far and wide;
tell aloud the wondrous story
of the cross, the Crucified;
tell how Christ, the world's redeemer,
vanquished death the day he died.
2 God in mercy saw us fallen,
sunk in shame and misery,
felled to death in Eden's garden,
where in pride we claimed the tree;
then another tree was chosen,
which the world from death would free.
3 Tell how, when at length the fullness
of the_appointed time was come,
Christ, the Word, was born of woman,
left for us the heavenly home,
blazed the path of true obedience,
shone as light amidst the gloom.
4 Thirty years among us dwelling,
Jesus went from Nazareth,
destined, dedicated, willing,
did his work and met his death;
like a lamb he humbly yielded
on the cross his dying breath.
5 Faithful cross, true sign of triumph,
be for all the noblest tree;
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit your equal be;
symbol of the world's redemption,
for your burden makes us free.
|First Line:||Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle|
|Title:||Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle|
|Author:||Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (6th cent.)|
|Translator:||John Mason Neale (1851, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 3:6; Psalm 98:1-2; Isaiah 52:9-10; Isaiah 53:7; John 3:13-17; John 19:30; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 4:8|
|Topic:||Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday(5 more...)|
|Composer:||Carl F. Schalk (1967)|
|Key:||d minor or modal|
|Copyright:||© 1967 Concordia Publishing House|
|Notes:||Guitar chords do not correspond with keyboard harmony.|
This enduring and profound meditation on the mystery of the cross was written in Latin in the 6th century, translated into English in the 19th century, and revised in the 21st century. It is set here to a simple, dignified, and sturdy melody created for it in the 20th century.