A HYMN FOR TODAY
Give me the wings of faith to rise
Within the veil, and see
The saints above, how great their joys,
How bright their glories be.
Once they were mourning here below,
And drenched their couch with tears:
They wrestled hard, as we do now,
With sins and doubts and fears.
I ask them whence their vict’ry came;
They, with united breath,
Ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
Their triumph to His death.
Our glorious leader claims our praise
For His own pattern giv’n,
While yet His cloud of witnesses
Show the same path to heav’n.
CMD (22.214.171.124.D) – Isaac Watts, 1707
Tune: FOREST GREEN – English Folk Tune
arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906, alt.
#726 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012
This hymn was originally written as four CM verses, now combined to make two CMD verses to fit the music of the folk tune, FOREST GREEN, arranged by Ralph Vaughn Williams.