281. Who Are These Like Stars Appearing

1 Who are these like stars appearing,
these before God's throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
who are all this glorious band?
"Alleluia!" hark, they sing,
praising loud their heavenly King.

2 Who are these of dazzling brightness,
these in God's own righteousness?
These whose robes of purest whiteness
shall their lustre still possess,
still untouched by time's rude hand --
whence comes all this glorious band?

3 These are they who have contended
for their Saviour's honour long,
wrestling on till life was ended,
following not the sinful throng;
these, who well the fight sustained,
triumph through the Lamb have gained.

4 These are they whose hearts were riven,
sore with woe and anguish tried,
who in prayer full oft have striven
with the God they glorified;
now, their painful conflict o'er,
God has bid them weep no more.

5 These, the Almighty contemplating,
did as priest before him stand,
soul and body always waiting
day and night at his command:
now, in God's most holy place,
blest they stand before his face.

Text Information
First Line: Who are these like stars appearing
Title: Who Are These Like Stars Appearing
Translator: Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897)
Author: Theobald Heinrich Schenck (1656-1727)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 87 87 77
Scripture: Daniel 12:1-3; Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 7:9-17
Topic: Heaven; The Saints
Tune Information
Adapter: William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Geistreiches Gesangbuch, Darmstadt, 1698

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