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Venantius Fortunatus

(c. 530—610)

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Latin poet. Born near Venice, c.565 he went on a pilgrimage to the tomb of St Martin of Tours; he settled at Poitiers, of which he became bishop towards the end of the 6th cent. He wrote much occasional verse, a metrical Life of St Martin of Tours, and prose Lives of St Hilary of Poitiers, St Germanus of Paris, and Queen Radegunde, as well as the hymns which stand out as the true expression of his genius; they include ‘Vexilla regis’ and ‘Pange lingua gloriosi’.

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