Ye servants of the Lord

Ye servants of the Lord,
each in his office wait,
observant of his heavenly word,
and watchful at his gate.

Let all your lamps be bright,
and trim the golden flame:
gird up your loins, as in his sight,
for aweful is his Name.

Watch; 'tis your Lord's command,
and while we speak, he's near;
mark the first signal of his hand,
and ready all appear.

O happy servant he,
in such a posture found!
He shall his Lord with rapture see,
and be with honor crowned.

Christ shall the banquet spread
with his own royal hand,
and raise that favored servant's head
amid the angelic band.

Words: Philip Doddridge (1702-1751), 1755

Music: Narenza (William Henry Havergal, 1793-1870,
based on a melody from Catholicum Hymnologium Germanicum, 1584, Bautzen)

Meter: SM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 184 Narenza  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 305 unnamed tune by Ouseley  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 171 Leominster  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 171 Cambridge  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 171 Narenza  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 171 Olmütz  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 562 St. Cyres  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 564 Day of Praise  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 268 Narenza  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 469    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 119    
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 068 St. George (Gauntlett)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 186 Lisbon, Shirland  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 186 Olmütz  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 186 Olmütz  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 186 St. Thomas (Williams)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 186 Olmütz  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 186 Narenza  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 608 St. George (Gauntlett)  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 433 Narenza  
The English Hymnal, 1906 518 Narenza  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 670 Festal Song, Narenza  
The Hymnal 1916 456 St. George (Gauntlett)  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 171 Narenza, St. Michael  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 510 Day of Praise  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
182 Olmütz  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 331 Egham, Narenza  
Songs of Praise, 1925 402 St. Edmund  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 702 St. Michael  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 552 Festal Song, Narenza  
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 229 Narenza  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 557 Day of Praise  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 606 Narenza  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 474 Narenza  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 150 Narenza  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 018 Narenza  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 598 Narenza  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 566 Narenza  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 093 Narenza  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 040 Narenza  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 757 Narenza  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 145 Day of Praise, Narenza  

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