476. For All the Saints

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 The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
And sweet the calm of Paradise, the blest.
Alleluia! Alleuia!

6 But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

7 From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: For all the saints who from their labors rest
Title: For All the Saints
Author: William W. How, 1823-1897
Publication Date: 1957
Topic: All Saints Day; Funeral Hymns; The Eternal Life
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: SINE NOMINE
Composer: R. Vaughan Williams, b. 1872
Key: G Major
Copyright: Music from "The English Hymnal" Used by permission of Oxford University Press, London
Notes: Now Public Domain



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