"For All the Saints" was drafted as a processional hymn by the Anglican Bishop of Wakefield, William Walsham How. The hymn was first published in Hymns for Saints' Days, and Other Hymns, by Earl Nelson in 1864. Discover the lyrics and story behind this amazing hymn along with music videos below!
1 For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who Thee by faith before the world confessed;
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
2 Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
3 O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
4 And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
5 But when there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on His way.
6 From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
in praise of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
The Story Behind For All The Saints
"For All the Saints" was performed to the tune Sarum, by the Victorian composer Joseph Barnby, until the publication of the English Hymnal in 1906. This hymnal used a new melody by Ralph Vaughan Williams which he named Sine Nomine (translated, "without name") in connection to its use on the Feast of All Saints, 1 November (or the first Sunday in November, All Saints Sunday in the Lutheran Church). It has been characterized as "one of the finest hymn tunes of [the 20th] century."
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