Scripture Verse

Thou King of saints. Revelation 15:3

Introduction

Words: Un­known au­thor, prob­ab­ly 6th Cen­tu­ry (Rex glor­i­o­se mar­tyr­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ri­chard F. Lit­tle­dale and others.

Music: Rex Glo­ri­o­se French church tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

O glorious King of martyr hosts,
Thou crown that each confessor boasts,
Who leadest to celestial day
The saints who cast earth’s joys away;

Thine ear in mercy, Savior, lend,
While unto Thee our prayers ascend;
And as we count their triumphs won,
Forgive the sins that we have done.

Martyrs in Thee their triumph gain,
Confessors grace from Thee obtain;
We sinners humbly seek to Thee,
From sin’s offense to set us free.

All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.