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541. Ten thousand times ten thousand


John Bacchus Dykes, 1875

Henry Alford, 1867

Ten thousand times ten thousand

In sparkling raiment bright,

The armies of the ransomed saints

Throng up the steeps of light:

'Tis finished! all is finished,

Their fight with death and sin:

Fling open wide the golden gates,

And let the victors in.

What rush of alleluias

Fills all the earth and sky!

What ringing of a thousand harps

Bespeaks the triumph nigh!

O day, for which creation

And all its tribes were made!

O joy, for all its former woes

A thousand-fold repaid!


O then what raptured greetings

On Canaan's happy shore!

What knitting severed friendships up,

Where partings are no more!

Then eyes with joy shall sparkle

That brimmed with tears of late;

Orphans no longer fatherless,

Nor widows desolate.

Bring near thy great salvation,

Thou Lamb for sinners slain;

Fill up the roll of thine elect,

Then take thy power and reign!

Appear, Desire of nations!

Thine exiles long for home:

Show in the heavens thy promised sign!

Thou Prince and Savior, come!


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