542. 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 Savior'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.

Text Information
First Line: Who are these like stars appearing
Title: Who Are These like Stars Appearing
Author: Heinrich T. Schenk (1719)
Translator: Frances Elizabeth Cox (1841, 1864)
Publication Date: 1990
Scripture: Revelation 7:9
Topic: The Way of Salvation: The Resurrection and Everlasting Life; Christians: Triumph of; Church: Communion of Saints (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Darmstadt Gesangbuch,1698

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