The Royal Banners Forward Go
By: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus

The royal banners forward go;
The cross shows forth redemption’s flow
Where he, by whom our flesh was made,
Our ransom in his flesh has paid:

Where deep for us the spear was dyed,
Life’s torrent rushing from his side,
To wash us in the precious flood
Where flowed the water and the blood.

Fulfilled is all that David told
In sure prophetic song of old,
That God the nations’ king should be
And reign in triumph from the tree,

On whose hard arms, so widely flung,
The weight of this world’s ransom hung,
The price of humankind to pay
And spoil the spoiler of his prey.

To you, eternal Three in One,
Let homage meet by all be done,
By all you ransomed and restore;
Oh, guide and gladden evermore.

Notes:
Hymn # 103 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Johann Eccard
Tune: Herr Jesu Christ, Wahr Mensch Und Gott
1st Published in: 1851