From all Thy saints in warfareAuthor: Horatio Nelson (1864)
Published in 94 hymnals
1 From all Thy saints in warfare, for all Thy saints at rest,
To Thee, O blessèd Jesu, all praises be address'd:
Thou, Lord, didst win the battle that they might conquerors be;
Their crowns of living glory are lit with rays from Thee.
[Insert here the stanza for the special Saint's day to be celebrated]
2 Praise, Lord, for Thine Apostle, the first to welcome Thee,
The first to lead his brother the very Christ to see,
With hearts for Thee made ready, watch we throughout the year,
Forward to lead our brethren to own thine Advent near.
3 All praise for Thine Apostle, whose short-lived doubtings prove
Thy perfect twofold nature, the fulness of Thy love.
On all who wait thy coming shed forth Thy peace, O Lord,
And grant us faith to know Thee, true Man, true God, adored.
4 Praise for the first of Martyrs, who saw Thee ready stand,
To aid in midst of torment, to plead at god's right hand.
Share, we with him, if summon'd by death our Lord to own,
On earth the faithful witness, in heaven the martyr-crown.
Saint John the Evangelist.
5 Praise for the loved Disciple, exile on Patmos' shore;
Praise for the faithful record he to thy Godhead bore.
Praise for the mystic vision, through him to us reveal'd;
may we, in patience waiting, with thine elect be seal'd.
The Innocent's Day.
6 Praise for Thine infant Martyrs, by Thee with tenderest love
Call'd early from the warfare to share the rest above.
O Rachel, cease thy weeping; they rest from pains and cares:
Lord, grant us hearts as guileless, and crowns as bright as theirs.
The Conversion of Saint Paul.
7 Praise for the light from Heaven, praise for the voice of awe,
Praise for the glorious vision the persecutor saw.
Thee, Lord, for his conversion, we glorify to-day:
so lighten all our darkness with thy true Spirit's ray.
8 Lord, Thine abiding Presence directs the wondrous choice:
For one in place of Judas the faithful now rejoice.
Thy church from false Apostles for evermore defend,
And, by thy parting promise, be with her to the end.
9 For him, O Lord, we praise Thee, the weak by grace made strong,
Whose labours and whose Gospel enrich our triumph-song.
May we in all our weakness find strength from Thee supplied,
And all, as fruitful branches, in Thee, the Vine, abide.
St. Philip and St. James.
10 All praise for Thine Apostle, bless'd guide to Greek and Jew,
And him surnamed Thy brother; keep us thy brethren true.
and grant the grace to know thee, the Way, the Truth, the Life;
To wrestle with temptations till victors in the strife.
11 The Son of Consolation, moved by Thy law of love,
Forsaking earthly treasures, sought riches from above.
As earth now teams with increase, let gifts of grace descend,
That Thy true consolations may through the world extend.
Saint John Baptist.
12 We praise Thee for the Baptist, Forerunner of the word,
Our true Elias, making a highway for the Lord.
Of prophets last and greatest, he saw Thy dawning ray,
make us the rather blessèd, who love Thy glorious Day.
13 Praise for Thy great Apostle, the eager and the bold;
Thrice falling, yet repentant, thrice charged to feed Thy fold.
Lord, make thy pastors faithful, to guard their flocks from ill;
And grant them dauntless courage with humble, earnest will.
14 For Him, O Lord, we praise Thee, who, slain by Herod's sword,
Drank of Thy cup of suffering, fulfilling thus Thy word,
Curb we all vain impatience to read Thy veil'd decree,
And count it joy to suffer, if so brought nearer Thee.
15 All praise for Thine Apostle, the faithful, pure, and true,
Whom underneath the fig-tree Thine eye all-seeing knew.
Like him may we be guileless, true Israelites indeed;
That Thine abiding Presence our longing souls may feed.
16 Praise, Lord, for him whose Gospel Thy human life declared,
who, worldly gains forsaking, Thy path of suffering shared.
From all unrighteous mammon, O give us hearts set free,
That we, what'er our calling, may rise and follow Thee.
17 For that "Beloved Physician," all praise! whose Gospel shows
The Healer of the nations, the Sharer of our woes.
Thy wine and oil, O Saviour, on bruised hearts deign to pour,
And with true Balm of Gilead, anoint us evermore.
Saint Simon and Saint Jude.
18 Praise Lord, for Thine Apostles, who seal'd their Faith to-day:
One love, one zeal inpell'd them to tread the sacred way.
May we with zeal as earnest the faith of Christ maintain,
And, bound in love as brethren, at length Thy rest attain.
19 Apostles, Prophets, Martyrs, and all the sacred throng
Who wear the spotless raiment, who raise the ceaseless song;
For these, pass'd on before us, Saviour, we Thee adore,
And, walking in their footsteps, would serve Thee more and more.
20 Then praise we God the Father, and praise we God the Son,
And God the Holy Spirit, Eternal Three in One;
Till all the ransom'd number fall down before the Throne,
And honour, power, and glory ascribe to God alone.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
|First Line:||From all Thy saints in warfare|
|Author:||Horatio Nelson (1864)|
From all Thy saints in warfare, for all Thy saints at rest. Earl Nelson. [Saints' Days, Special and General.] This hymn was suggested to the author by the hymn, "Ye saints! in blest communion," by Dr. Monsell, in his Hymns of Love and Praise, 1863, the design being the same, which is to furnish a general beginning and ending suitable for a hymn for any special Saint's Day, and to supply intermediate stanzas suitable for the, persons specially to be commemorated. It was first published in a small volume entitled, Hymn for Saints’ Day, and other Hymns. By a Layman, 1864. Some verses were contributed by friends of the author; and the whole was revised by himself for the Sarum Hymnal, 1868" (Church Hymns folio edition, Notes, p. xliv.). Usually this text is repeated in the hymn-books. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns is an exception in favour of a few minor alterations, and the addition of a new stanza (xviii.) for "All Saints."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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