Advent Hymnals

378. WHENCE CAME THE ARMIES?

Church Hymnal 1941,

1.
Whence came the armies of the sky, 
John saw in vision bright? 
Whence came their crowns, their robes, their palms, 
Too pure for mortal sight? 

2.
Were these tried soldiers of the cross 
Victorious in the fight? 
Were these the trophies they had won, 
Reserved in worlds of light? 

3.
Once they were mourners here below, 
And poured out cries and tears; 
They wrestled hard, as we do now, 
With sins, and doubts, and fears. 

4.
They saw the star of Bethlehem 
Arise in splendor bright; 
They followed long its guiding ray, 
Till beamed a clearer light. 

5.
From desert waste, and cities full, 
From dungeons dark, they've come, 
And now they claim their mansion fair, 
They've found their long-sought home.

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Title Whence Came the Armies?
Key A♭ Major
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First Line Whence came the armies of the sky
Author Anon.
Year 1941
Composer Hugh Wilson
Hymnal -
Tune MARTYRDOM (AVON)
Metrical pattern
# Stanzas
Chorus
Chorus Type
Subjects The Christian Life: Hope and Aspiration
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