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Around the Throne of God in Heaven

Around the throne of God in heaven Thousands of children stand

Author: Anne Houlditch Shepherd
Published in 452 hymnals

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1 Around the throne of God in heav'n
thousands of children stand,
children whose sins are all forgiv'n,
a holy, happy band,

singing, "Glory, glory,
glory be to God on high."

2 In flowing robes of spotless white
see ev'ry one arrayed;
dwelling in everlasting light
and joys that never fade, [Refrain]

3 What brought them to that world above,
that heav'n so bright and fair,
where all is peace, and joy, and love;
how came those children there, [Refrain]

4 Because the Savior shed his blood
to wash away their sin;
bathed in that pure and precious flood,
behold them white and clean, [Refrain]

5 On earth they sought the Savior's grace,
on earth they loved his Name;
so now they see his blessed face,
and stand before the Lamb, [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #543

Author: Anne Houlditch Shepherd

Shepherd, Anne, née Houlditch, daughter of the Rev. E. H. Houlditch, sometime Rector of Speen, Berkshire, was born at Cowes, Isle of Wight, Sept. 11, 1809; married to Mr. S. Saville Shepherd in 1843; and died at Blackheath, Kent, Jan. 7, 1857. Her Hymns adapted to the Comprehension of Young Minds were published (3rd ed. 1847 5th ed. 1855), and contained 64 hymns. Of these the following have come into common use:— 1. Around the throne of God in heaven. 2. Glory to Jesus, glory. Praise. 3. Here's a message of love. Invitation. 4. I have read of the Saviour's love. The Love of Christ. 5. See where the gentle Jesus reigns. Jesus, the Children's Friend. Of these hymns the first has by far the widest acceptance, and is fo… Go to person page >

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First Line: Around the throne of God in heaven Thousands of children stand
Title: Around the Throne of God in Heaven
Author: Anne Houlditch Shepherd
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Singing "Glory, glory, glory be to God on high"
Copyright: Public Domain


Around the throne of God in heaven Thousands of children. Anne Shepherd. [Children's Hymn.] Published in her Hymns adapted to the Comprehension of Young Minds, No. 29, in 6 stanzas of 5 lines. The date of the first edition of this work is undetermined. Dr. Moffatt translated this hymn into the Bechuana language for his Kuruman Collection, 1838. In 1853, 4 stanzas were transferred to the Leeds Hymn Book, No. 877, and from thence passed into later collections. Original text in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, No. 448, with the change in stanza v., 1. 3, "that precious, purple flood" to "that purple, precious flood." It is in very extensive use in America and other English-speaking countries. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 495.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #543

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