Salvete flores martyrum
Salvete flores martyrum is the office hymn for Lauds on the Feast of the Holy Innocents (Dec. 28). Its stanzas are drawn from Prudentius' Epiphany hymn Cathemerinon and were first assembled in the 1568 Breviary of Pope Pius V. The Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) claims there are some 25 English versions extant.
Settings by composers
- Gregorian chant — Salvete flores Martyrum Unison
- Orlando di Lasso — Salvete flores martyrum SATB
- Jan Le Febure — Salvete flores martyrum SATB
- Josef Ohnewald — Hymni vespertini SATB
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina — Salvete flores martyrum SATB
- Josef Rheinberger — Hymnen Op. 107 SATB
- Tomás Luis de Victoria — Salvete flores martyrum SATB
Text and translations
Salvete flores Martyrum
All hail, ye little Martyr flowers,
- Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) (claims 25 English versions extant)
- Baker's "Sweet flowerets of the martyr band"
- Athelstan Riley's "All Hail, Ye Little Martyr Flowers"