Hark! the sound of holy voices

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Lyricist: Christopher Wordsworth.

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1  Hark! the sound of holy voices, chanting at the crystal sea,
 Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Lord, to Thee;
 Multitude, which none can number, like the stars in glory stand
 Clothed in white apparel, holding palms of victory in their hand.

2  Patriarch, and holy prophet, who prepared the way of Christ
 King, apostle, saint, confessor, martyr and evangelist;
 Saintly maiden, godly matron, widows who have watched to prayer
 Joined in holy concert, singing to the Lord of all, are there.

3  They have come from tribulation, and have washed their robes in blood,
 Washed them in the blood of Jesus; tried they were, and firm they stood;
 Mocked, imprisoned, stoned, tormented, sawn asunder, slain with sword;
 They have conquered death and Satan by the might of Christ the Lord.

4  Marching with Thy cross their banner, they have triumphed, following
 Thee, the Captain of salvation, Thee, their Saviour and their King;
 Gladly, Lord, with Thee they suffered; gladly, Lord, with Thee they died;
 And by death to life immortal they were born and glorified.

5  Now they reign in heav’nly glory, now they walk in golden light,
 Now they drink, as from a river, holy bliss and infinite:
 Love and peace they taste forever, and all truth and knowledge see
 In the beatific vision of the blessèd Trinity.

6  God of God, the One begotten, Light of light, Emmanuel,
 In Whose body joined together all the saints forever dwell;
 Pour upon us of Thy fullness that we may forevermore
 God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost adore.


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