1 All ye who faithful Servants are
of our Almighty King,
Both high and low, and small and great,
his Praise devoutly sing.
2 Let us rejoice, and render Thanks
to his most holy Name;
Rejoice, rejoice, for now is come
the Marriage of the Lamb.
3 His Bride her self has ready made
how pure and white her Dress!
Which is the Saints Integrity,
and spotless Holiness.
4 O therefore blest is ev'ry one
who to the Marriage Feast,
And holy Supper of the Lamb
is call'd a welcome Guest.
Nahum Tate was born in Dublin and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, B.A. 1672. He lacked great talent but wrote much for the stage, adapting other men's work, really successful only in a version of King Lear. Although he collaborated with Dryden on several occasions, he was never fully in step with the intellectual life of his times, and spent most of his life in a futile pursuit of popular favor. Nonetheless, he was appointed poet laureate in 1692 and royal historiographer in 1702. He is now known only for the New Version of the Psalms of David, 1696, which he produced in collaboration with Nicholas Brady. Poverty stricken throughout much of his life, he died in the Mint at Southwark, where he had taken refuge from his creditors… Go to person page >
All ye who faithful servants are. Tate & Brady. [Holy Communion.] This is Hymn ii. of the three hymns for Holy Communion which were given in the Supplement to the New Version, 1699. It is based on Rev. xix., and is in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It is found in a few modern hymnals only, including Kennedy, 1863, No. 646, and the Sarum, 1868, No. 225, in both of which the changes in st. iv. of 1. 1, "bless'd" to "blest," and 1. 4, "Is call'd" to "Is made a welcome guest," are given. The text is otherwise correct.