The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Flowers Of Martyrdom, All Hail!

For The Holy Innocents
See: The Hymns Of The Holy Innocents
The Feast day of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, is December 28

Words: Salvete, Flores Martyrum, Cathemerinon ("The Hymns of Prudentius"), Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-405)
Translated by Rev. Edward Caswall

1. Flowers of martyrdom, all hail!
Smitten by the tyrant foe 
On life’s threshold – as the gale 
Strews the roses ere they blow.
2. First to bleed for Christ, sweet lambs!
What a simple death ye died!
Sporting with your wreath and palms 
At the very altar-side!
3. Honor, glory, virtue, merit, 
Be to Thee, O Virgin’s Son, 
With the Father, and the Spirit 
While eternal ages run. – Amen.

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