For all the saints

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For all the saints, who from their labors rest, 
who thee by faith before the world confessed, 
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might, 
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight, 
thou, in the darkness drear, the one true light. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, may thy people, faithful, true, and bold, 
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, 
and win, with them, the glorious crown of gold. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, blessed communion, fellowship divine! 
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine, 
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the suffering long, 
steals on the ear the distant triumph song, 
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west. 
Soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest. 
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

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!

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!

#636 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  William W. How, Hymns for Saints' Days, and other Hymns, 1864, alt.
   Tune:  Ralph Vaughan Williams, The English Hymnal, 1906

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