326. For All the Saints

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1 For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

2 Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle; they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

4 And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

5 From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: For all the saints who from their labors rest
Title: For All the Saints
Author: William Walsham How (1864)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 10.10.10 with alleluias
Scripture: 2 Samuel 22:2; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 22:4-5; Psalm 31:3; Psalm 71:3; Psalm 91:2; Psalm 144:2; Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; Acts 20:32; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 4:9; Hebrews 11:13-16; Hebrews 11:32-34; Hebrews 12:1; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Revelation 2:10; Revelation 6:11; Revelation 7:2-4; Revelation 7:9-14; Revelation 14:13
Topic: Christian Year: All Saints; The Church; Community in Christ (4 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 10.10.10 with alleluias
Key: G Major or modal

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The broad and sweeping tune with which this hymn is so closely identified was created to be sung during a reverent but dramatic procession at the beginning of an All Saints’ Day service, an enacted representation of the enduring “fellowship divine” celebrated by this text.

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