See how the grace of the world

Author: Venantius Honorious Fortunatus, c. 530-609

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 >

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First Line: See how the grace of the world
Author: Venantius Honorious Fortunatus, c. 530-609
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Source: York Processionals, 1530 (st. 3, 5, 6, and Pentecost); The New Century Hymnal, 1995 (Tr.)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail, O festal day!
Copyright: Translation © 1995 The Pilgrim Press

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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The New Century Hymnal #262



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