Behold a host, arrayed in white,
Like thousand snow-clad mountains bright,
With palms they stand. Who is this band
Before the throne of light?
…Lo, these are they of glorious fame
…Who from the great affliction came
…And in the flood of Jesus’ blood
…Are cleansed from guilt and blame.
Now gathered in the holy place,
Their voices they in worship raise,
Their anthems swell where God does dwell,
Mid angels’ songs of praise.
Despised and scorned, they sojourned here;
But now, how glorious they must appear!
Those martyrs stand a priestly band,
God’s throne forever near.
…So oft, in troubled days gone by,
…In anguish they would weep and sigh,
…At home above the God of Love
…For aye their tears shall dry.
They now enjoy their Sabbath rest,
The paschal banquet of the blest;
The Lamb, their Lord, at festal board
Himself is Host and Guest.
Then hail, you mighty legions, yea,
All hail! Now safe and blest for aye,
And praise the Lord, who with His Word
Sustained you on the way.
…You did the joys of earth disdain,
…You toiled and sowed in tears and pain.
…Farewell, now bring your sheaves and sing
…Salvation’s glad refrain.
Swing high your palms, lift up your song,
Yes, make it myriad voices strong,
Eternally shall praise to Thee,
God, and the Lamb belong.
by Hans A. Brorson, 1694-1764
[The Great Multitude in White Robes] After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.