Ye watchers and ye holy ones


Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
raise the glad strain,
Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
virtues, archangels, angels' choirs,
Refrain:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Alleluia! alleluia!


O higher than the cherubim,
more glorious than the seraphim,
lead their praises,
Alleluia!
Thou bearer of the eternal Word,
most gracious, magnify the Lord, Refrain

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Alleluia,
alleluia!
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
all saints triumphant, raise the song, Refrain

O friends, in gladness let us sing,
supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia,
alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One, Refrain


Words: Athelstan Riley (1858-1945), 1906

Music: Lasst uns erfreuen (Geistliche Catholische Kirchengeäng, Cologne, 1623)

Meter: LM with Alleluias

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 519 Lasst uns erfreuen  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 266 Vigili et sancti  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
300 Vigili et sancti  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 403 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 398 Lasst uns erfreuen  
The Hymnal 1940 599 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 152 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971 007 Lasst uns erfreuen  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 087 Lasst uns erfreuen  
The Hymnal 1982 618 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 532 Lasst uns erfreuen  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 478 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988      
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 567 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 320 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 150 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 230 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 758 Lasst uns erfreuen  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 476 Lasst uns erfreuen  

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