The Saints on Earth and Those Above

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Melody - "St. Flavian", John Day, 1572; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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v.1, Isaac Watts, 1709; v.2-5,Charles Wesley, 1759

The saints on earth and those above
But one communion make;
Joined to their Lord in bonds of love,
All of His grace partake.

2. One family, we dwell in Him,
One Church above, beneath;
Though now divided by the stream,
The narrow stream, of death.

3. One army of the living God,
To His commands we bow;
Part of the host have passed the flood,
And part are crossing now.

4. Lo, thousands to their endless home
Are swiftly borne away;
And we are to the margin come
And soon must launch as they.

5. Lord Jesus, be our constant Guide;
Then, when the word is given,
Bid death's cold flood its waves divide
And land us safe in heaven.


This hymn was formed by taking verse 5 of Watts' Not to the terrors of the Lord, and Wesley's Come, let us join our friends above.

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