618. Ye watchers and ye holy ones

1 Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
raise the glad strain,
Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
virtues, archangels, angels' choirs,
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Alleluia! alleluia!

2 O higher than the cherubim,
more glorious than the seraphim,
lead their praises,
Alleluia!
Thou bearer of the eternal Word,
most gracious, magnify the Lord,
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Alleluia! alleluia!

3 Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Alleluia,
alleluia!
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
all saints triumphant, raise the song,
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Alleluia! alleluia!

4 O friends, in gladness let us sing,
supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia,
alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Alleluia! alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: Ye watchers and ye holy ones
Author: John Athelstan Lurie Riley, 1858-1945
Refrain First Line: Alleluia, alleluia
Meter: 88. 44. 88. with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press.
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Adapter and Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 88. 44. 88. with Refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Auserlesne Catholische Geistliche Kirchengeseng, 1623 (melody)
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press.



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