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  1. Who Are These

From the recording Modern Hymns 2


Who are these like stars appearing, these before God's throne who stand? Each a golden crown is wearing; who are all this glorious band? Alleluia, hark, they sing, praising loud their heav'nly King.

Who are these in dazzling brightness, clothed in God's own righteousness, these, whose robes of purest whiteness shall their lustre still possess, still untouched by time's rude hand -whence came all this glorious band?

These are they who have contended for their Saviour's honour long, wrestling on till life was ended, following not the sinful throng; these, who well the fight sustained, triumph through the Lamb have gained.

These are they whose hearts were riven, sore with woe and anguish tried, who in prayer full oft have striven with the God they glorified; now, their painful conflict o'er, God has bid them weep no more.

These, th'Almighty contemplating, did as priests before him stand, soul and body, always waiting day and night at his command: now, in God's most holy place blest they stand before his face.