Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.@Revelation 2:10

From the Roman Breviary, 1632 (Christo profusum sanguinem); translated from Latin to English by Robert Campbell & the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.

Constance (Gauntlett) Henry J. Gauntlett, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)
© National Portrait Gallery

Ye servants of our glorious king,
To Him your thankful praises bring;
And tell the deeds that grace has done,
The triumphs by His martyrs won.

Since they were faithful to the last,
Their holy struggles now are past;
The bitterness of death is o’er,
And theirs is bliss forevermore.

The flame might scorch, the knife lay bare,
And cruel beasts their members tear;
No powers of earth, no powers of hell
The souls that loved their Lord could quell.

Forever broken is the chain
That sought to bind them, but in vain;
O let us strive like them to win
Our freedom from the bonds of sin.

O Savior, may our portion be
With those who gave themselves to Thee,
Through all eternity to sing
All praise to Thee, the martyrs’ king.