Sunday, July 02, 2017

For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest

“For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest”
By William W. How, 1823-1897
We also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.--Heb. xii. i.

1. For all Thy Saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesu, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their Light of light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

3. For the Apostles’ glorious company,
Who, bearing forth the Cross o’er land and sea,
Shook all the mighty world,--we sing to Thee:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

4. For the Evangelists, by whose blest word,
Like fourfold streams, the garden of the Lord,
Is fair and fruitful,--be Thy Name adored.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

5. For Martyrs, who with rapture-kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown descending from the sky,
And died to grasp it,--Thee we glorify.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

6. Oh! may Thy soldiers, faithful still and bold,
Fight as the Saints who nobly fought of old
And win, with them, the victors’ crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

7. O blest Communion! Fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

8. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

9. The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon, to faithful warriors comes the rest.
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

10. But, lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of Glory passes on His way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

11. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia! Alleluia!


Text: Heb. 12:1; (Isaiah 24:15; 11:11; 40:15 cf. stanzas 10-11)
Author: William Walsham How, (As published in Sarum Hymnal, 1868; First printed in Hymns for Saints’ Days, and Other Hymns, 1864

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