May Choirs of Angels Lead You

Representative Text

1 My choirs of angels lead you
to paradise on high,
where dwell the white-robed martyrs
who now no more can die.

2 And at your coming thither
may you be brought by them
into the holy city,
God's true Jerusalem.

3 As angels gave poor Lazarus
from all his ills release,
so may they give you welcome
to everlasting peace.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #692

Translator: Bland Tucker

Francis Bland Tucker (born Norfolk, Virginia, January 6, 1895). The son of a bishop and brother of a Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, he was educated at the University of Virginia, B.A., 1914, and at Virginia Theological Seminary, B.D., 1920; D.D., 1944. He was ordained deacon in 1918, priest in 1920, after having served as a private in Evacuation Hospital No.15 of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. His first charge was as a rector of Grammer Parish, Brunswick County, in southern Virginia. From 1925 to 1945, he was rector of historic St. John's Church, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Then until retirement in 1967 he was rector of John Wesley's parish in Georgia, old Christ Church, Savannah. In "Reflecti… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: May choirs of angels lead you To Paradise on high
Title: May Choirs of Angels Lead You
Translator: Bland Tucker
Source: Latin
Language: English
Copyright: © The Church Pension Fund



Melchior Vulpius (PHH 397) composed this short chorale tune, published as a setting for the anonymous funeral hymn "Christus, der ist mein Leben" ("For Me to Live Is Jesus") in Vulpius's Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) based his Cantata 95 on this tune and provided two…

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CPWI Hymnal #692

The Hymnal 1982 #356

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