"The Saints on Earth and Those Above"
by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 and
by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.336
1. The saints on earth and those above
But one communion make;
Joined to their Lord in bonds of love,
All of His grace partake.
2. One family, we dwell in Him,
One Church above, beneath;
Though now divided by the stream,
The narrow stream, of death.
3. One army of the living God,
To His commands we bow;
Part of the host have passed the flood,
And part are crossing now.
4. Lo, thousands to their endless home
Are swiftly borne away;
And we are to the margin come
And soon must launch as they.
5. Lord Jesus, be our constant Guide;
Then, when the word is given,
Bid death's cold flood its waves divide
And land us safe in heaven.
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Text from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_:
Text: Heb. 12:22-24
Author: Isaac Watts, 1709; Charles Wesley, 1759, cento, alt.
Composer: John Day, 1572
Tune: "St. Flavian"
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