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4 A noble army, men and boys,
The matron and the maid, Around the Savior's throne rejoice,
In robes of light arrayed.
R. Heber, publ. 1827
2 Despised and scorned they sojourned 3 Then hail! ye mighty legions, yea, here,
All hail! now safe and blest for aye; But now, how glorious they appear! And praise the Lord, who with His Those martyrs stand, a priestly band, Sustained you on the way. [word God's throne forever near.
Ye did the joys of earth disdain, So oft, in troubled days gone by,
Ye toiled and sowed in tears and pain; In anguish they would weep and sigh; Farewell, now bring your sheaves, At home above the God of love
Salvation's glad refrain. [and sing For aye their tears shall dry.
Swing high your palms, lift up your They now enjoy their sabbath rest,
song, The paschal banquet of the blest; Yea, make it myriad voices strong: The Lamb, their Lord, at festal board Eternally shall praise to Thee, Himself is host and guest.
God, and the Lamb belong!
H. A. Brorson, ca. 1760 8, 8, 8, 6. 12L.
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