Fortes Cadendo Martyres

This hymn was used as the hymn for Nocturns in the Common for Multiple Martyrs in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Fortes cadendo Martyres,
Quos empta fuso sanguine,
Cælestis ornat purpura,
Iunctis canamus vocibus.

Acti procellis omnibus,
Sui cruoris flumine
Vehuntur, et Christo duce,
Portus beatos occupant.

Sævit tyrannus, allicit;
Temnunt minas, temnunt preces,
Deum minantem dum timent,
Dum munerantem diligunt.

Quem lictor insanus sitit,
Quem cæcus effundit furor,
Amor sacerdos prodigum
Christo cruorem consecrat.

Et ille mixtus sanguini
Quem fudit in ligno Deus,
Fundentibus placabilem
Orare non cessat Deum.

Implere vos omnes decet
Passo Deo quod defuit:
Per tot neces læso Patri,
Fit plena Christus hostia.

*Æterne tu Verbi Pater,
Æterne Fili, par Patri
Et par utrique, Spiritus,
Tibi Deus, sit gloria. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste Santeul, 17th C.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 88.88

*In Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae, the hymn ends in this doxology instead:

Sit laus Patri, laus Filio;
Par sit tibi laus, Spiritus,
Qui præliantes roboras
Palmisque donas Martyres. Amen.

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