1 The royal banners forward go,
the cross shines forth in mystic glow;
upon it life did death endure,
and yet by death did life procure.
2 Blest tree, most sacred and divine,
which dost in royal purple shine,
supporting an incarnate God,
and rendered holy by thy load!
3 Blest tree, whose happy branches bore
the wealth that did the world restore,
the balance which the price which weigh
that spoiled the spoiler of his prey!
4 Blest Trinity, life's source and spring,
may ev'ry soul thy praises sing!
Let those obtain a crown in heav'n
to whom the cross has conquest giv'n!
|First Line:||The royal banners forward go|
|Title:||The Royal Banners Forward Go|
|Author (first 2 lines):||J. M. Neale|
|Topic:||Jesus Christ: Passion and Cross|