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542. I heard a sound of voices

Patmos (Storer):

Henry Johnson Storer, 1891

Godfrey Thring, 1886

I heard a sound of voices

Around the great white throne,

With harpers harping on their harps

To him that sat thereon:

"Salvation, glory, honour!"

I heard the song arise,

As through the courts of heaven it rolled

In wondrous harmonies.

From every clime and kindred,

And nations from afar,

As serried ranks returning home

In triumph from a war,

I heard the saints upraising,

The myriad hosts among,

In praise of him who died and lives,

Their one glad triumph song.


I saw the holy city,

The New Jerusalem,

Come down from heaven, a bride adorned

With jeweled diadem;

The flood of crystal waters

Flowed down the golden street;

And nations brought their honours there,

And laid them at her feet.

And there no sun was needed,

Nor moon to shine by night,

God's glory did enlighten all,

The Lamb himself the light;

And there his servants serve him,

And, life's long battle o'er,

Enthroned with him, their Savior, King,

They reign for evermore.

O great and glorious vision!

The Lamb upon his throne;

O wondrous sight for man to see!

The Savior with his own:

To drink the living waters

And stand upon the shore,

Where neither sorrow, sin, nor death

Shall ever enter more.

O Lamb of God who reignest!

Thou bright and morning Star,

Whose glory lightens that new earth

Which now we see from far!

O worthy Judge eternal!

When thou dost bid us come,

Then open wide the gates of pearl

And call thy servants home.


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