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746. 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 heav'nly King.

2 Who are these of dazzling brightness,
clothed in God's own righteousness,
these, whose robes of purest whiteness
shall their lustre still possess,
still untouched by time's rude hand -
whence came 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, th'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
Author: Heinrich Theobald Schenck, 1656-1727
Translator: Frances Elizabeth Cox, 1812-1897
Meter: 87 87 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ;
Topic: All Saints; Evening; Faith, Trust and Commitment (5 more...)
Tune Information
Adapter: William Henry Monk, 1823-1889
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: B♭ Major
Source: "Geistreiches Gesangbuch", Darmstadt (1698)

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