The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail, Flowrets of Christ's Martyr-Crown

For the Holy Innocents, At Lauds.

See: Hymns to The Holy Innocents

Salvete, Flores Martyrum

William John Copeland, Hymns for the Week and Hymns for the Seasons (W.J. Cleaver, 1848 ).

Hail, flowrets of Christ's martyr-crown,
Whom the fierce foe around hath strewn,
E'en on the threshold of the morn,
Fresh rose-buds by the whirlwind shorn;

Prime victims ye to Jesus slain,
His firstling flock, His tender train,
"With little palms, and garlands gay,
Before the very altar play.

Jesu, to Thee all glory be,
Of Mary, Virgin-Mother born;
To God Triune all praise be done,
Through endless life's unwaning morn.

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