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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By I. “’Tis for conquering kings to gain”

John F. Chandler (1806–1876)

Victis Sibi Cognomina
Paris Breviary

’TIS for conquering kings to gain

Glory o’er their myriads slain;

Jesu, Thy more glorious strife

Hath restored a world to life.

So no other Name is given

Unto mortals under heaven,

Which can make the dead to rise,

And exalt them to the skies.

That which Christ so hardly wrought,

That which He so dearly bought,

That salvation, mortals, say,

Will you madly cast away?

Rather gladly for that Name,

Bear the cross, endure the shame;

Joyfully for Him to die

Is not death, but victory.

Dost Thou, Jesu, condescend

To be called the sinner’s Friend?

Ours then it shall always be

Thus to make our boast of Thee.