545. Lo! what a cloud of witnesses

1 Lo! what a cloud of witnesses
encompass us around!
They, once like us with suffering tried,
are now with glory crowned.

2 Let us, with zeal like theirs inspired,
strive in the Christian race;
and, freed from every weight of sin,
their holy footsteps trace.

3 Behold a Witness nobler still,
who trod affliction's path:
Jesus, the author, finisher,
rewarder of our faith.

4 He, for the joy before him set,
and moved by pitying love,
endured the cross, despised the shame,
and now he reigns above.

5 Thither, forgetting things behind,
press we to God's right hand;
there, with the Savior and his saints,
triumphantly to stand.

Text Information
First Line: Lo! what a cloud of witnesses
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Source: Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Henry John Gauntlett, 1805-1876
Meter: CM
Key: Dâ™­ Major

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