Hail Thee, Festival Day

Author (sts. 1, 3): Venantius Fortunatus

Fortunatus, Venantius Honorius Clementianus, was born at Ceneda, near Treviso, about 530. At an early age he was converted to Christianity at Aquileia. Whilst a student at Ravenna he became almost blind, and recovered his sight, as he believed miraculously, by anointing his eyes with some oil taken from a lamp that burned before the altar of St. Martin of Tours, in a church in that town. His recovery induced him to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Martin, at Tours, in 565, and that pilgrimage resulted in his spending the rest of his life in Gaul. At Poitiers he formed a romantic, though purely platonic, attachment for Queen Rhadegunda, the daughter of Bertharius, king of the Thuringians, and the wife, though separated from him, of Lot… Go to person page >

Author (sts. 2, 4): Mark A. Jeske

Mark A. Jeske translated st 2. of "Lord, Open Now My Heart to Hear" in Lutheran Service Book #908 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lo, in the likeness of the fire
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Author (sts. 1, 3): Venantius Fortunatus
Author (sts. 2, 4): Mark A. Jeske
Meter: Irregular
Source: Translation composite
Copyright: Text st.1,3: From the English Hymnal. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press. *Text st.2,4: © 1993 Mark A. Jeske. Used by permission.

Tune

SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (PHH 400) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose title comes from the opening words of that text, was published in The English Hymnal of 1906. Like SINE NOMINE (505), this tune is vi…

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