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Last Line: "brought safely home."
Alternate Author Name(s): Brydges, Matthew
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


Rise, glorious Conqueror! rise
Into Thy native skies--
Assume Thy right;
And where, in many a fold,
The clouds are backward rolled,
Pass through those gates of gold,
And reign in light!

Victor o'er death and hell,
Cherubic legions swell
The radiant train;
Praises all heaven inspire;
Each angel sweeps his lyre,
And waves his wings of fire--
Thou Lamb once slain!

Saviour triumphant, hail!
And let Thy name prevail
From age to age:
Lord of the rolling years,
Claim for Thine own the spheres;
For Thou hast bought with tears
Thy heritage.

Yet who are these behind,
In numbers more than mind
Can count or say,
Clothed in immortal stoles,
Illumining the poles,
A galaxy of souls
In white array?

And then was heard afar
Star answering to star:
"Lo! these have come--
Followers of Him who gave
His life their lives to save;
And now their palms they wave,
Brought safely home."





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