Words: Un­known au­thor, prob­ab­ly 6th Cen­tu­ry (De­us tu­o­rum mil­i­tum); trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by in The Hymn­al Not­ed, 1852-54.

Music: De­us Tu­o­rum Mil­i­tum, Gre­noble An­ti­phon­er, 1753.

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.