Around the throne of God a band (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-04)  CPDL #63315:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-03-04)  CPDL #63314:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words not underlaid.

General Information

Title: Around the throne of God a band
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Tune: Solothurn
Lyricist: John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 320
Description: Swiss traditional melody

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Around the throne of God a band
of glorious angels ever stand;
bright things they see, sweet harps they hold,
and on their heads are crowns of gold.

Some wait around him, ready still
to sing his praise and do his will;
and some, when he commands them, go
to guard his servants here below.

Lord, give thy angels every day
command to guide us on our way,
and bid them every evening keep
their watch around us while we sleep.

So shall no wicked thing draw near,
to do us harm or cause us fear;
and we shall dwell, when life is past,
with angels round thy throne at last.