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: Alleluia! Alleluia! 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: Alleluia! Alleluia! 3. O 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: Alleluia! Alleluia! 4. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia! Alleluia! 5. But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day: The saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King of glory passes on His Way: Alleluia! Alleluia! 6. From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, Thru gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! Alleluia!
William Walsham How
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tune: SINE NOMINE
Meter: 10.10.10. with Alleluias
William How, 1823–1897
Bishop William W. How wrote the text of “For All the Saints” in 1864, for use in the Anglican church liturgy commemorating All Saints Day. It was originally titled “Saints Day Hymn—Cloud of Witnesses—Hebrews 12:1.”