Deus tuorum militum

Deus tuorum militum.  Latin, probably 6th century. This hymn was included in the Canterbury Hymnal* and the Winchester Hymnal*. In Milfull (The Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, Cambridge, 1996, pp. 397-9) it was the second of two hymns commemorating an individual martyr. Following ‘Ymnus de Uno Martyre’, beginning ‘Martyr Dei, qui unicum’, was this ‘Item Hymnus’, beginning: Deus, tuorum militumSors & corona, premium,Laudes canentes martyrisAbsolve nexu criminis.  (‘God, the portion and crown, the prize of your soldiers, absolve [those who] sing the praises of the martyrs from the bonds of sin’).  There were five verses and a doxology. It is found at Analecta Hymnica 51. 130...

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