John saw upon Patmos, a vision so bright;
The saints from all nations in garments of light,
With palms and rejoicing before the white throne,
They gave all the glory to Jesus alone.
Redeemed by the blood; redeemed by the blood;
Arrayed in white garments, redeemed by the blood.
Salvation and honor and wisdom and might
And glory and blessing, their voices unite,
Ascribing to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain,
Soon coming in glory, forever to reign.
A few from the honored, and noble by birth,
The most had been humble or outcasts on earth;
Transformed by the Spirit, their anthems they bring,
And adoring their Savior, united they sing.
From great tribulation they hither repair;
And victors forever, God’s glory they share;
From sword and from scaffold, from dungeon and stake,
Naught ever could move them their Lord to forsake.
For this they are honored, and serve day and night,
And nearest the throne they rejoice in His light;
They hunger no more, by the Lamb they are fed;
By Him to the fountain of waters are led.
Their tears are all banished, God wipes them away,
Enthroned in His presence forever they stay;
What reward and what honor for service so small!
One hour of such blessing repays them for all.