227. How bright these glorious spirits shine!

1 How bright these glorious spirits shine!
Whence all their white array?
How came they to the blissful seats
Of everlasting day?

2 Lo! these are they from sufferings great
Who came to realms of light,
And in the blood of Christ have washed
Those robes that shine so bright.

3 Now with triumphal palms they stand
Before the throne on high,
And serve the God they love amidst
The glories of the sky.

4 Hunger and thirst are felt no more,
Nor sun with scorching ray:
God is their sun, whose cheering beams
Diffuse eternal day.

5 The Lamb, who dwells amidst the throne,
Shall o'er them still preside,
Feed them with nourishment divine,
And all their footsteps guide.

6 In pastures green he’ll lead his flock
Where living streams appear;
And God the Lord from every eye
Shall wipe off every tear.

Text Information
First Line: How bright these glorious spirits shine!
Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 (alt.)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Festivals and Other Holidays: General; Common of Saints; All Saints: November 1st
Notes: Alternative tune BEATITUDO 184, Other authors also
Tune Information
Composer: François Barthélémon, 1741-1808
Meter: CM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: A Selection of Original Sacred Music, Glasgow; Adapted from a secular song by Barthélémon

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