Scripture Verse

That they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13


William W. How
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Will­iam W. How, in Hymns for Saint’s Days, and Oth­er Hymns, by Earl Nel­son, 1864. The orig­in­al ver­sion be­gan, For all thy saints…

Music: Si­ne No­mi­ne Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams, in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 641 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Le Jour des Morts
William Bougueareau, 1859

For all the saints,
Who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith
Before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus,
Be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

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!

For the apostles’
Glorious company,
Who bearing forth
The cross o’er land and sea,
Shook all the mighty
World, we sing to Thee:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

For the evangelists,
By whose blest word,
Like fourfold streams,
The garden of the Lord,
Is fair and fruitful,
Be Thy name adored.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

For martyrs, who
With rapture kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown
Descending from the sky,
And seeing, grasped it,
Thee we glorify.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion,
Fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle,
They in glory shine;
All are one in Thee,
For all are Thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

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!

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.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

The golden evening
Brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful
Warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm
Of paradise the blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

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!

From earth’s wide bounds,
From ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl
Streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father,
Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!