I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.@Genesis 15:1

Unknown author, probably 6th Century (Deus tuorum militum); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale in The Hymnal Noted, 1852–54.

Deus Tuorum Militum Grenoble Antiphoner, 1753 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John M. Neale (1818–1866)

O God, Thy soldiers’ crown and guard,
And their exceeding great reward;
From all transgressions set us free,
Who sing Thy martyr’s victory.

The pleasures of the world he spurned,
From sin’s pernicious lures he turned;
He knew their joys imbued with gall,
And thus he reached Thy heavenly hall.

For Thee through many a woe he ran,
In many a fight he played the man;
For Thee his blood he dared to pour,
And thence hath joy forevermore.

We therefore pray Thee, full of love,
Regard us from Thy throne above;
On this Thy martyr’s triumph day,
Wash every stain of sin away.

O Christ, most loving King, to Thee,
With God the Father, glory be;
Like glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.