Cyprian of Carthage (September 13)

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1 O Cyprian, convert to the faith,
Made bishop of the Carthage See,
Beset, by schism, war and strife,
Preached to the faithful unity.

2 O Cyprian, you did teach that we
who God Almighty Father call,
Must claim the church, The Bride of Christ
As the true mother of us all.

3 O Cyprian, you did teach that we
outside the church cannot be saved,
Help us to bring forth penitents
Unto Christ’s font, that they be laved.

4 Steadfast defender of the truth,
through Afric’s coast you gained renown,
Who persecuted, and besieged,
Received, at last, the martyr’s crown.

5 O Cyprian bishop, martyr blest
Pray for us at God’s heav’nly throne,
That we, who Christ’s true faith confess
May Father, Son and Spirit own.

Author: Harold T. Lewis (b. 1947)

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First Line: O Cyprian, convert to the faith
Title: Cyprian of Carthage (September 13)
Author: Harold T. Lewis (b. 1947)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1992

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ROCKINGHAM (Miller)

Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…

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