Scripture Verse

As strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. 1 Peter 2:11


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: John M. Neale, 1862, based on Jo­seph the Hym­no­gra­pher, cir­ca 840.

Music: St. Edi­th Jus­tin H. Knecht, 1799, & Ed­ward Hus­band, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Justin H. Knecht (1752–1817)


O happy band of pilgrims,
If onward you will tread,
With Je­sus as your fellow,
To Je­sus as your head.

O happy if you labor,
As Je­sus did for men;
O happy if you hunger
As Je­sus hungered then.

The cross that Je­sus carried
He carried as your due;
The crown that Je­sus weareth
He weareth it for you.

The faith by which you see Him,
The hope in which you yearn,
The love that through all troubles
To Him alone will turn.

What are they but forerunners
To lead you to His sight?
What are they save the effluence
Of uncreated light?

The trials that beset you,
The sorrows you endure,
The manifold temptations
That death alone can cure.

What are they but His jewels
Of right celestial worth?
What are they but the ladder
Set up to heaven on earth?

O happy band of pilgrims,
Look upward to the skies,
Where such a light affliction
Shall win you such a prize.

To Fa­ther, Son, and Spi­rit,
The God whom we adore,
Be loftiest praises given,
Now and for ev­er­more.