730. I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

1 I sing a song of the saints of God,
patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died
for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
and one was a shepherdess on the green:
they were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.

2 They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
and God’s love made them strong;
and they followed the right, for Jesus’ sake,
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
and there’s not any reason, no, not the least,
why I shouldn’t be one too.

3 They lived not only in ages past;
there are hundreds of thousands still;
the world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
for the saints of God are just folk like me,
and I mean to be one too.

Text Information
First Line: I sing a song of the saints of God
Title: I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
Author: Lesbia Scott (1929, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Psalm 22:4-5; Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; Acts 20:32; 1 Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 11:4-12; Hebrews 11:17-38; Hebrews 12:1; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; Revelation 14:13
Topic: Children; Christian Year: All Saints; Community in Christ (2 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: John Henry Hopkins (1940)
Meter: Irregular
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Text Information:

Despite the quaintness of some of the language in this text, it has an important message to communicate about the down-to-earth ordinariness of the holy people of God at all times and places. The tune name honors the island in Vermont’s Lake Champlain where the composer lived.

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