Come, Let us Join our Friends Above Lyrics
Come, let us join our friends above, who have obtained the prize,
And on the eagle wings of love to joys celestial rise.
Let saints on earth unite to sing with those to glory gone,
For all the servants of our King in earth and heaven are one.
One family we dwell in Him, one church above, beneath,
Though now divided by the stream, the narrow stream of death;
One army of the living God, to His command we bow;
Part of His host have crossed the flood, and part are crossing now.
Ten thousand to their endless home this solemn moment fly,
And we are to the margin come, and we expect to die.
His militant embodied host, with wishful looks we stand,
And long to see that happy coast, and reach the heavenly land.
Our old companions in distress we haste again to see,
And eager long for our release, and full felicity:
Even now by faith we join our hands with those that went before;
And greet the blood besprinkled bands on the eternal shore.
Our spirits too shall quickly join, like theirs with glory crowned,
And shout to see our Captain's sign, to hear His trumpet sound.
O that we now might grasp our Guide! O that the word were given!
Come, Lord of Hosts, the waves divide, and land us all in Heaven.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Come, Let us Join our Friends Above", Ralph Vaughan Williams (October 12, 1872-August 26, 1958), was born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England and became famous as a musician and composer of popular, secular and religious music .
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Come, Let us Join our Friends Above
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Charles Wesley (December 18, 1707 to March 29, 1788)
Nationality of Author: English
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (October 12, 1872 to August 26, 1958)
Hymn Category: Funeral Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Come, let us join our friends above, who have obtained the prize, And on the eagle wings of love to joys celestial rise"
First Publication Date: 1759