The kings of old have shrine and tomb
In many a minster’s haughty gloom;
And green, along the ocean-side,
The mounds arise where heroes died;
But show me on thy flowery breast,
Earth! where thy nameless martyrs rest!
The thousands that, uncheered by praise,
Have made one offering of their days;
For truth, for heaven, for freedom’s sake,
Resigned the bitter cup to take;
And silently, in fearless faith,
Have bowed their noble souls to death.
O, haply all around lie strewed
The ashes of that multitude!
It may be that each day we tread
Where thus devoted hearts have bled,
And the sweet flowers the children sow
Take root in holy dust below.
What though no stone the record bears
Of their deep thoughts and lonely prayers,
May not our inmost hearts be stilled,
With knowledge of their presence filled,
And by their lives be taught to prize
The meekness of self-sacrifice?
|Instances (9)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #427||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||Mrs. Hemans||1848|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #427||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||Earth’s Nameless Martyrs||Mrs. Hemans||18.104.22.168||1866|
|Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d675||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||Felicia D. B. Hemans||1878|
|Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #845||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||Felicia D. Hemans||1883|
|Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #799||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||1853|
|Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #799||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||1857|
|Songs of the Free, and Hymns of Christian Freedom #d111||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||The graves of the martyrs||Felicia D. B. Hemans||1836|
|The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #353||The kings of old have shrine tomb||Mrs. Hemans||1844|
|The Psalms of Life: A Compilation of Psalms, Hymns, Chants, Anthems, &c. Embodying the Spiritual, Progressive and Reformatory Sentiment of the Present Age #59||The kings of old have shrine and tomb||Mrs. Hemans||1857|