Around the throne of God a band
Of bright and glorious angels stand;
Sweet harps within their hands they hold,
And on their heads are crowns of gold.
Some wait around him ready still
To sing his praise and do his will,
And some, when he commands them, go
To guard his servants here below.
Lord, give thine angels every day
Command to guard us on our way,
And bid them every evening keep
Their watch around us while we sleep.
So shall no wicked thing draw near
To do us harm, or cause us fear;
And we shall dwell, when life is past,
With angels round thy throne at last.
|First Line:||Around the throne of God a band|
|Author:||J. M. Neale (1842)|
|Refrain First Line:||singing "Glory, glory, glory be to God on high"|
Around the throne of God, a band [in circling band]. J. M. Neale. [Children's Hymn.] This hymn appeared in Dr. Neale's Hymns for Children, First Series, No. xxxi., 1842, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines (with Bishop Ken's doxology), for Michaelmas Day. Two forms have been the outgrowth. The first, beginning with the same first line, is found, somewhat altered, in Harland's Church Psalter & Hymnal, No. 248; Thring's Collection,1882, in 4 stanzas,with "Thine" for "Thy," stanza 3,1.1, Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875, No. 335, and other hymnals, and the second, " Around the throne in circling band" in the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, No. 312, and others.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)