H. Alford

TEN thousand times ten thousand,

In sparkling raiment bright;

The armies of the ransomed saints

Throng up the steeps of light:

’Tis finished, all is finished,

Their fight with death and sin;

Fling open wide the golden gates,

And let the victors in.


What rush of Hallelujahs

Fills all the earth and sky!

What ringing of a thousand harps

Bespeaks the triumph nigh!

Oh, day, for which creation

And all its tribes were made!

Oh, joy, for all its former woes

A thousandfold repaid!


Oh, then what raptured greetings

On Canaan’s happy shore,

What knitting severed friendships up,

Where partings are no more;

Then eyes with joy shall sparkle

That brimmed with tears of late;

Orphans no longer fatherless,

Nor widows desolate.


Bring near Thy great salvation,

Thou Lamb for sinners slain;

Fill up the roll of Thine elect,

Then take Thy power and reign;

Appear, Desire of nations,

Thine exiles long for home;

Show in the heavens Thy promised sign,

Thou Prince and Saviour, come.


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