Pange lingua gloriosi [lauream]; Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle

Hymn recited on Good Friday morning during the Adoration of the Cross. For Breviary use it is divided into two parts: It was written by Venantius Fortunatus (530-609) and has approximately twenty-five translations; the one given is by J. Neale.
The eighth verse reads:
Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peers may be;
Sweetest Wood and Sweetest Iron!
Sweetest Weight is hung on thee.
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