Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle


Part I: Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,
sing the last, the dread affray;
o'er the cross, the victor's trophy,
sound the high triumphal lay,
how, the pains of death enduring,
earth's Redeemer won the day.

When at length the appointed fulness
of the sacred time was come,
he was sent, the world's Creator,
from the Father's heavenly home,
and was found in human fashion,
offspring of the virgin's womb.

Now the thirty years are ended
which on earth he willed to see,
willingly he meets his passion,
born to set his people free;
on the cross the Lamb is lifted,
there the sacrifice to be.

There the nails and spear He suffers,
vinegar and gall and reed;
from His sacred body piercèd
blood and water both proceed:
precious flood, which all creation
from the stain of sin hath freed.

Part II:
Faithful Cross, above all other,
one and only noble Tree,
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be;
sweet the wood, and sweet the iron,
and thy load, most sweet is he.

Bend, O lofty Tree, thy branches,
thy too rigid sinews bend;
and awhile the stubborn hardness,
which thy birth bestowed, suspend;
and the limbs of heaven's high Monarch
gently on thine arms extend.

Thou alone wast counted worthy
this world's Ransom to sustain,
that a shipwrecked race for ever
might a port of refuge gain,
with the sacred Blood anointed
of the Lamb for sinners slain.

May be sung at end of either part:
Praise and honor to the Father,
praise and honor to the Son,
praise and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One:
one in might, and One in glory,
while eternal ages run.


Words: Pange lingua gloriosi praelium certaminis,
Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (ca. 535-600), 569;
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1851,
with some alterations in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868

MIDI: Pange lingua

Meter: 87 87 87

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 289 Pange lingua  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 097 Pange lingua  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 098 Oriel  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 098 Pange lingua  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 098 Pange lingua  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 098 Holy Week  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 098 Praelium  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 098 Pange lingua, Praelium  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 136 I Oriel, Pange lingua  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 107 Pange lingua, Werde Licht  
The English Hymnal, 1906 095 Pange lingua Part I is translated by Percy Dearmer
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 131 Oriel, Pange lingua  
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 129 Grafton, Pange lingua  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 129, 830 Oriel, Pange lingua  
The Hymnal 1940 066 Pange lingua  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 097 Pange lingua  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 112 Grafton, Pange lingua  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 161 Grafton, Pange lingua  
The Hymn Book 1971 446 Oriel, Pange lingua  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 249 Pange lingua, Picardy  
The Hymnal 1982 165, 166 Pange lingua  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 059 Pange lingua, St. Thomas (Webbe)  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 078 Pange lingua  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 142 Grafton (2nd Edition), Pange lingua Text modernized, verses 1-4 and 8 only
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 446 Pange lingua, St. Thomas (Webbe)  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 185 Oriel  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 331 Pange lingua  
Sing Glory, 1999 387 Grafton  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 121 Pange lingua  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 602 Pange lingua, St. Thomas (Webbe)  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 241 Grafton, Pange lingua  

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