The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lovely Flowers of Martyrs, Hail!

Lauds and Vespers, for the Feast of the Holy Innocents
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Words: Salvete, Flores Martyrum

Rev. Edward Caswall, Lyra Catholica: containing all the hymns of the Roman Breviary and Missal (New York: G. Dunigan And Brother, 1851).

Lovely flowers of martyrs, hail!
Smitten by the tyrant foe
On life's threshold,—as the gale
Strews the roses ere they blow.

First to die for Christ, sweet lambs!
At the very altar ye,
With your fatal crowns and palms,
Sport in your simplicity.

Honor, glory, virtue, merit,
Be to Thee, O Virgin's Son!
With the Father, and the Spirit,
While eternal ages run.

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