Latinised Hymns

For all the saints, who from their labours rest

For all the saints, who from their labours 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 still their one true Light.
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!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
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,
singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

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Ob sanctos, qui nacturi requiem
te per suam confessi sunt fidem,
te salutamus, Jesu, celebrem.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Saxum fuisti, turris atque vis,
dux in pugnatis bene proeliis,
illorum una lux in tenebris.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Constanter pugnent tui milites,
Ut pugnavere sancti veteres,
laurusque mereantur similes.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Nos debiles at illi splendidi,
divine sed sumus compositi,
in hoc uniti, quod sumus tui.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Belli durantibus saevitiis
distans triumphus in auriculis
est, fitque virtus nova, nova vis.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

En ubi sol rubescens occidit!
Merentibus mox otium venit,
in Paradiso quod suave fit.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sed en ubi est aurora pulchrior
sanctorum et surgentium nitor!
It rex, supremus cuius est honor.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Longe remotis e litoribus
innumeratus intrat en! chorus,
a quo Triunus audit Dominus
Alleluia, Alleluia!

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