FOR ALL THE SAINTS ..…..….….
For all the saints, who from their labours rest; who
Thee by faith before the world confessed, your name,
O Jesus, be for ever blessed: Alleluia, alleluia!
You were their rock, their fortress, and their might;
You, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight,
and in the darkness their unfailing light.
So may your soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
and win with them the victor's crown of gold.
One blest communion, fellowship divine!
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
faintly we hear the distant triumph-song;
are brave again, and arms are strong.
The golden evening brightens in the west:
soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest,
the peaceful calm of paradise the blessed.
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array
the king of glory passes on his
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son and Ghost.
William Walsham How (1823 - 1897)