O happy band of pilgrims (Justin Heinrich Knecht)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-17)  CPDL #62425:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-01-17)  CPDL #62424:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: O happy band of pilgrims
Composer: Justin Heinrich Knecht
Tune: Kocher
Lyricist: St. Joseph the Hymnographercreate page

Translation by John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 208
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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O happy band of pilgrims,
if onward ye will tread
with Jesus as your fellow
to Jesus as your Head.

O happy if ye labour
as Jesus did for men;
O happy if ye hunger
as Jesus hungered then.

The cross that Jesus carried
he carried as your due:
the crown that Jesus weareth
he weareth it for you.

The faith by which ye see him,
the hope in which ye yearn,
the love that through all troubles
to him alone will turn,

the trials that beset you,
the sorrows ye endure,
the manifold temptations
that death alone can cure,

what are they but his jewels
of right celestial worth?
what are they but the ladder
set up to heaven on earth?

O happy band of pilgrims,
look upward to the skies,
where such a light affliction
shall win so great a prize.