The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ye Flowers of Martyrdom, All Hail

For Innocent's Day, Matins.

Words: Salvete, Flores Martyrum, from Cathemerinon ("The Hymns of Prudentius"), Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-405), lines 125-132.
Translated by R. Martin Pope

See The Hymns Of The Holy Innocents

Source: The Hymns of Prudentius, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Project Gutenberg (2005)

Ye flowers of martyrdom, all hail!
Of rising morn pure blossoms frail!
By Jesu's foe were ye downcast,
Like budding roses by the blast.

Lambs of the flock too early slain,
Ye first fruits of Christ's bitter pain!
Close to His very altar, gay
With palms and crowns, ye now do play.

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