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England, by Thine Own Saint AlbanRev. Samuel J. Stone (1839-1900)

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
951St. AlbanSir J. Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)8.7.8.7.T.

1England, by thine own Saint Alban,
Put thy Christian heart to school:
Learn to sacrifice and suffer
By thy Proto-Martyr’s rule.
Life in Christ is stern and selfless,
Gentle though it be and bright;
Life in Christ is dying with Him,
Though in pure and living light.
England, by thine own Saint Alban,
Put thy Christian heart to school:
Learn to sacrifice and suffer
By thy Proto-Martyr’s rule.
2Meteor-like athwart the darkness
Flashes still the Signal Cross;
Still the trumpet on the night-wind
Sounds the summons unto loss:
Yet how blessèd is the losing,
And how stately is the war;
And how beautiful the ending
In the bliss forevermore!
England, by thine own Saint Alban,
Put thy Christian heart to school:
Learn to sacrifice and suffer
By thy Proto-Martyr’s rule.
3See! Thy hero, prudence scorning,
All for noble pity dares:
Finds the priest he saved his prophet,
Meets an “angel unawares:”
Sits as at the feet of Jesus,
Soon is to His Laver led:
Then himself as on an altar
Offers in his Teacher’s stead.
England, by thine own Saint Alban,
Put thy Christian heart to school:
Learn to sacrifice and suffer
By thy Proto-Martyr’s rule.
4“I am Christ’s: I therefore suffer:
I am Christ’s: I therefore die:
I am Christ’s: so I am happy,
And my life is His on high;”
Thus he faced the Roman’s torture,
Youth, wealth, honor sacrificed;
Losing thankfully the whole world
That he might be found in Christ.
England, by thine own Saint Alban,
Put thy Christian heart to school:
Learn to sacrifice and suffer
By thy Proto-Martyr’s rule.
5Primal Hero-Saint and Soldier!
Still thy story speeds us on:
Though, since thou didst bravely witness,
Twice eight hundred years have gone.
Lord, Who gavest him to England,
Grace like his to England give–
Grace to bear Thy cross with gladness,
Grace to die that we may live.
England, by thine own Saint Alban,
Put thy Christian heart to school:
Learn to sacrifice and suffer
By thy Proto-Martyr’s rule. Amen.
Romans5:7,87 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.