275 Hark! the sound of holy voices

The Hymnal 1982 275

Hark! the sound of holy voices

Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885
Gerard Francis Cobb, 1838-1904
Meter D

1. Hark! the sound of holy voices, chanting at the crystal sea, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Lord, to thee! Multitude which none can number, like the stars in glory stands, clothed in white apparel, holding palms of victory in their hands.

2. Patriarch, and holy prophet, who prepared the way for Christ, king, apostle, saint, confessor, martyr and evangelist, saintly maiden, godly matron, widows who have watched to prayer, joined in holy concert, singing to the Lord of all, are there.

3. Marching with thy cross, their banner, they have triumphed, following thee, the Captain of salvation, thee, their Savior and their King. Gladly, Lord, with thee they suffered; gladly, Lord, with thee they died; and by death to life immortal they were born and glorified.

4. Now they reign in heavenly glory, now they walk in golden light, now they drink, as from a river, holy bliss and infinite; love and peace they taste for ever, and all truth and knowledge see in the beatific vision Of the blessed Trinity.

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