Rex gloriose

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Office hymn at Lauds for the Common of Martyrs.

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Latin.png Latin text

1. Rex gloriose Martyrum
corona confitentium,
qui respuentes terrea
perducis ad coelestia.

2. Tu vincis in martyribus
parcisque Confessoribus:
Tu vince nostra crimina,
largitor indulgentiae.

3. Aurem benignam protinus
appone nostris vocibus
trophea sacra pangimus
ignosce quod deliquimus.

4. Gloria tibi Domine
qui surrexisti a mortuis
cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu
in sempiterna saecula.

English.png English translation

1. O Glorious King of Martyr hosts,
Thou Crown that each Confessor boasts,
Who leadest to celestial day
The Saints who cast earth’s joys away:

2. Martyrs in Thee their triumphs gain,
Confessors grace from Thee obtain;
We sinners humbly seek to Thee,
From sin’s offense to set us free.

3. Thine ear in mercy, Savior, lend,
While unto Thee our prayers ascend;
And as we count their triumphs won,
Forgive the sins that we have done.

4. All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.
tr. R. F. Littledale and others

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Catholic Encyclopaedia