670. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

1 Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
Raise the glad strain: "Alleluia!"
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, pow'rs,
Virtues, archangels, angels' choirs:
"Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!"

2 O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises: "Alleluia!"
Thou bearer of th'eternal Word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord:
"Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!"

3 Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest:
"Alleluia, alleluia!"
Ye holy Twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant, raise the song:
"Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!"

4 O friends, in gladness let us sing,
Supernal anthems echoing:
"Alleluia, alleluia!"
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
"Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!"

Text Information
First Line: Ye watchers and ye holy ones
Title: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
Author: J. Athelstan L. Riley, 1858-1945
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 888 888 and alleluias
Scripture: Revelation 7:9-15; Revelation 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:19; Luke 1:46-55
Topic: Feasts and Festivals
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Meter: 888 888 and alleluias
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Köln, 1623



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