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Saints of God

 

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Composed for "Church Hymns with Tunes", S.P.C.K., 1874

1 The Saints of God! their conflict past,
And life's long battle won at last,
  2 The Saints of God! their wanderings done,
No more their weary course they run,
    No more they need the shield or sword,
They cast them down before their Lord:
      No more they faint, no more they fall,
No foes oppress, no fears appal:
  O happy Saints! for ever blest,
At Jesus’ feet how safe you rest!
    O happy Saints! for ever blest,
In that dear home how sweet your rest!
 
3 The Saints o God! life’s voyage o’er,
Safe landed on that blissful shore,
  4 The Saints of God their vigil keep
While yet their mortal bodies sleep,
    No stormy tempests now they dread,
No roaring billows lift their head:
      Till from the dust they too shall rise
And soar triumphant to the skies:
  O happy Saints! for ever blest,
In that calm haven of your rest!
    O happy Saints! rejoice and sing;
He quickly comes, your Lord and King.

5 O God of Saints, to Thee we cry;
O Saviour, plead for us on high;
    O Holy Ghost, our guide and friend,
Grant us Thy grace till life shall end;
  That with all Saints our rest may be
In that bright Paradise with Thee. Amen.

William Dalrymple Maclagan, 1826 - 1910..

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