For All the Saints Hymn Lyrics
Author: William Walsham How
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 dread, their one true light.
3 Oh, may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
and win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
4 Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
5 And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.
6 The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
7 But, lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
8 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
For All the Saints Hymn Story
“For all the Saints” hymn was written by William Walsham How in 1864. This hymn has found its way into over three hundred fifty-four hymnals all over the world.
William Walsham How was born in Shrewsbury, in England.
After studying theology at Wadham College, Oxford and Durham University he became a clergyman in the Church of England in 1847.
He was known to be someone who devoted most of his time to helping the poor people in London and Yorkshire. Besides writing for adults, he also wrote several hymns for children too.
Besides composing hymns, he also participated in theological works. He is known for having tried to reconcile the theory of evolution with biblical creation story.
He passed away in 1897.
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