The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To Earthly Kings Fresh Names Accrue

For Christmas and Circumcision

Words: Victis Sibi Cognomina, from the Paris Breviary, by Benault.

Translation:  Alfred, Lord Braye, 1883.

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 38.

To earthly kings fresh names accrue 
From nations whom their arms subdue ; 
A better title, Christ, to thee, 
Is drawn from those whom thou dost free. 
For other name has not been given 
For man's salvation under heaven ; 
No other shall the dead awake, 
Or title to their glory make. 
What cost so much — the blood divine, 
E'en precious blood, Redeemer, thine — 
Shall evil to such madness grow 
This priceless treasure to forego ? 
Rather to suffer for that name, 
Be the best honour we may claim ; 
By it death's bitterness doth pass, 
And lovely seems which dreadful was. 
O thou that dost vouchsafe to bear 
The name of Jesus, Saviour dear, 
Our only boast therein we place, 
Receive our prayer for thy name's grace. 

Note from Shipley:

40. Victis sibi cognomina. Vespers Hymn, for the Circumcision, from the Paris Breviary, by Benault. To earthly kings fresh names accrue. Alfred, Lord Braye, 1883. 38

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