526. 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 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!

* (May be sung before stanza 3)
O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

** (May be sung before stanza 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!

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: 1990
Meter: with alleluias
Topic: Funerals
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: with alleluias
Key: G Major
Copyright: From the English Hymnal, 1906. Used by permission of Oxford University Press.
Notes: Now Public Domain in the U.S.

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