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R66c. How bright these glorious spirits shine!

1 How bright these glorious spirits shine!
whence all their white array?
How came they to the blissful seats
of everlasting day?
2 Lo, these are they from suff'rings great,
who came to realms of light,
and in the blood of Christ have wash'd
those robes that shine so bright.

3 Now, with triumphal palms they stand
before the throne on high,
and serve the God they love, amidst
the glories of the sky.
4 His presence fills each heart with joy,
tunes ev'ry mouth to sing:
by day, by night, the sacred courts
with glad hosannas ring.

5 Hunger and thirst are felt no more,
nor sun with scorching ray:
God is their sun, whose cheering beams
diffuse eternal day.
6 The Lamb, who dwells amidst the throne
shall o'er them still preside,
feed them with nourishment divine,
and all their footsteps guide.

7 'Mong pastures green he'll lead his flock,
where living streams appear;
and God the Lord from every eye
shall wipe off ev'ry tear.

Text Information
First Line: How bright these glorious spirits shine!
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Notes: May sing to ST ASAPH (#146) or DUNFERMLINE (#53)
Tune Information
Composer: Herbert Stephen Irons, 1834-1905
Meter: CM
Key: E Major

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