The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

'Tis For Conquering Kings To Gain

Circumcision: Evensong.

Latin: Victis Sibi Cognomina, No. 49.

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 54-55.

'Tis for conquering kings to gain
Glory o'er their myriads slain:
Jesu, thy more glorious strife,
Hath restored a world to life.

So no other name is given
Unto mortals under heaven,
Which can make the dead to rise,
And exalt them to the skies.

That which Christ so hardly wrought,
That which he so dearly bought,
That salvation, mortals, say,
Will you madly cast away;

Rather gladly for that name
Bear the cross, endure the shame ;
Joyfully for Him to die
Is not death, but victory.

Dost thou, Jesu, condescend
To be called the sinners' friend ?
Ours then it shall always be
Thus to make our boast of thee.

Glory to the Father be ;
Glory, Virgin-born, to thee;
Glory to the Holy Ghost,
Ever from the heavenly host.

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