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How bright these glorious spirits shine!

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How bright these glorious spirits shine!
whence all their white array?
How came they to the blissful seats
of everlasting day?

Lo! these are they from suff’rings great,
who came to realms of light,
And in the blood of Christ have washed
those robes which shine so bright.

Now, with triumphal palms, they stand
before the throne on high,
And serve the God they love, amidst
the glories of the sky.

His presence fills each heart with joy,
tunes ev’ry mouth to sing:
By day, by night, the sacred courts
with glad hosannahs ring.

Hunger and thirst are felt no more,
nor suns with scorching ray;
God is their sun, whose cheering beams
diffuse eternal day.

The Lamb which dwells amidst the throne
shall o’er them still preside;
Feed them with nourishment divine,
and all their footsteps guide.

’Mong pastures green he’ll lead his flock,
where living streams appear;
And God the Lord from ev’ry eye
shall wipe off ev’ry tear.

Scottish Psalms and Paraphrases, 1781

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Alterer: William Cameron

William Cameron was born in 1751. He studied at Marischal College, Aberdeen, and in 1785 was ordained minister of Kirknewton, in Mid Lothian. He died in 1811. He was the author of several works. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >


BALERMA (Barthélemon)


Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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ST. ASAPH (Giornovichi)



The Cyber Hymnal #2568
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Instances (1 - 15 of 15)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #303aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #303bText
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #467
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #745TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #280TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #221aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #221bPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #306
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #572a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #572b
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #316a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #316b
The Cyber Hymnal #2568TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #227TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #544TextPage Scan
Include 110 pre-1979 instances