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602. Who are these like stars appearing

1 Who are these like stars appearing,
These before God's throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
Who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! hark, they sing,
Praising loud their heav'nly King.

2 Who are these of dazzling brightness,
These in God's own truth arrayed,
Clad in robes of purest whiteness,
Robes whose lustre ne'er shall fade,
Ne'er be touched by time's rude hand?
Whence come all this glorious band?

3 These are they who have contended
For their Saviour's honor long,
Wrestling on till life was ended,
Foll'wing not the sinful throng;
These, who well the fight sustained,
Triumph through the Lamb have gained.

4 These are they whose hearts were riven,
Sore with woe and anguish tried,
Who in prayer full oft have striven
With the God they glorified;
Now, their painful conflict o'er,
God has bid them weep no more.

5 These like priests have watched and waited,
Off'ring up to Christ their will;
Soul and body consecrated,
Day and night to serve him still:
Now in God's most holy place
Blest they stand before his face.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Who are these like stars appearing
Author: Heinrich T. Schenk (1719)
Translator: Frances E. Cox (1841, text of 1864)
Publication Date: 1961
Meter: 8. 7. 8. 7. 7. 7.
Topic: Christian Life: The Resurrection and Life Everlasting; Christians: Triumph of; The Church: Communion of Saints (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ALL SAINTS OLD
Meter: 8. 7. 8. 7. 7. 7.
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Darmstadt Gesangbuch, 1698
Notes: For a higher setting of this tune, see #127



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