For all Thy saints, a noble throng

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1. For thy blest saints, a noble throng,
who fell by fire and sword,
or early died or flourished long,
we praise thy Name, 0 Lord;

2. For James who left his father's side,
not lingering by the sea:
he heard what could not be denied,
thy summons, "Follow me;"

3. he stood with thee beside the dead;
he climbed the mount with thee,
and saw the glory round thy head,
one of thy chosen three;

4. he knelt beneath the olive shade,
he drank thy cup of pain,
and slain by Herod's flashing blade
he saw thy face again.

5. Lord, may we learn to drink thy cup,
and meek and firm be found,
when thou shalt come to take us up
where thine elect are crowned.

Source: Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #276

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: For all Thy saints, a noble throng
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1875)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


For all Thy Saints, a noble throng. Cecil F. Alexander. [St. James.] Contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern, revised edition, 1875, and repeated in Mrs. Brock's Children's Hymn Book, 1881. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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