O God, Thy soldiers’ Crown and Guard

O God, thy soldiers’ Crown and Guard. Latin, 6th century, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). This is a translation of the anonymous Ambrosian hymn for a martyr, ‘Deus tuorum militum’*. Neale translated it for The Hymnal Noted Part I (1851), and his version was used by EH, with minor alterations. Before that, however, it was taken over by the compilers of the First Edition of A&M (1861), who produced their own text, beginning ‘O God, thy soldiers’ great reward’. The two texts are as follows:                       Neale, 1851                                                                  A&M, 1861 O God, Thy soldiers’ Crown and Guard,                   O God, thy soldiers’...

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