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397. For All the Saints

1 For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confess'd,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever bless'd;
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 the one true light:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 O may the 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!

4 For the apostles' glorious company,
who bearing forth the cross o'er land and sea,
shook all the mighty world, we sing to Thee:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

5 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!

6 The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon, to faithful warriors cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

7 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!

8 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!

Text Information
First Line: For all the saints, who from their labors rest
Title: For All the Saints
Author: William Walsham How (1867)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: 10 10 10 with alleluias
Topic: Funerals; Processional Hymns; Warfare, Spiritual
Language: English
Notes: Alt. Tune: ENGELBERG
Tune Information
Composer: R. Vaughan Williams (1906 (rev. 1925))
Meter: 10 10 10 with alleluias
Key: G Major
Copyright: From the English Hymnal; used by permission of Oxford University Press

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