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A cloud of witnesses surround

A cloud of witnesses surround

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Tune: [A cloud of witnesses surround our way]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 A cloud of witnesses surround our way,
And urge us onward to the perfect day;
“Look up to Jesus,” we can hear them say,
“Look up and win the crown.”

Win the crown, win the crown,
A cloud of witnesses surround our way;
Win the crown, win the crown,
Look to Jesus, he will help you ev’ry day.

2 A cloud of witnesses; the saints of old,
Seers, kings and martyrs, whom the truth made bold,
Thro’ fiery trials, coming forth as gold,
And they have won the crown. [Refrain]

3 A cloud of witnesses; the vacant chair,
The broken circle, tell of lov’d ones there;
They call us upward unseen joys to share;
Press on, and win the crown. [Refrain]

4 A cloud of witnesses; our risen King
With pow’r and glory, shall his lov’d ones bring,
To see his beauty, and his praises sing,
Look up and win the crown. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of the Gospel: for use in all religious meetings #42

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A cloud of witnesses surround
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Refrain First Line: Encompasseed about with so great a cloud
Copyright: Public Domain



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New Songs of the Gospel (Nos. 1, 2, and 3 combined) #40

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