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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
III. “Ten thousand times ten thousand”
By Henry Alford (1810–1871)
(Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity)

TEN thousand times ten thousand,
  In sparkling raiment bright,
The armies of the ransom’d saints
  Throng up the steeps of light:
’Tis finish’d—all is finish’d,        5
  Their fight with death and sin;
Fling open wide the golden gates
  And let the victors in.
What rush of Hallelujas
  Fills all the earth and sky!        10
What ringing of a thousand harps
  Bespeaks the triumph nigh!
O day, for which Creation
  And all its tribes were made!
O joy, for all its former woes        15
  A thousand-fold repaid!
O then what raptured greetings
  On Canaan’s happy shore,
What knitting sever’d friendships up,
  Where partings are no more!        20
Then eyes with joy shall sparkle
  That brimm’d with tears of late;
Orphans no longer fatherless,
  Nor widows desolate.
Bring near Thy great salvation        25
  Thou Lamb for sinners slain,
Fill up the roll of Thine elect,
  Then take Thy power and reign:
Appear, Desire of nations,—
  Thine exiles long for home;        30
Show in the heavens Thy promised sign;
  Thou Prince and Saviour, come!

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