Scripture Verse

Before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal. Revelation 4:6

Introduction

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William Kuipers
1884–1933

Words: Will­iam Kui­pers, 1932. Kuip­ers wrote these words while pas­tor of the Sum­mer Street Chris­tian Re­formed Church (CRC) in Pas­sa­ic, New Jer­sey, and died on­ly a few months lat­er. Kui­pers in­tend­ed for the hymn to be sung to El­gar’s Pomp and Circumstance, but as that music was un­der co­py­right, The Ban­ner, a CRC week­ly mag­a­zine, held a tune writ­ing con­test. Sie­bolt H. Fries­wyk of Whit­ins­ville, Mas­sa­chu­setts, won the con­test, but Van­der­ho­ven’s tune re­ceived hon­or­a­ble men­tion, and was pub­lished with Kui­pers’ words in the 1934 Psal­ter Hym­nal.

Music: Crys­tal John L. Van­der­ho­ven, 1933 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Van­der­ho­ven (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

By the sea of crystal, saints in glory stand,
Myriads in number, drawn from every land,
Robed in white apparel, washed in Jesus’ blood,
They now reign in Heaven with the Lamb of God.

Out of tribulation, death and Satan’s hand,
They have been translated at the Lord’s command.
In their hands they’re holding palms of victory;
Hark! the jubilant chorus shouts triumphantly:

Unto God Almighty, sitting on the throne,
And the Lamb, victorious, be the praise alone,
God has wrought salvation, He did wondrous things,
Who shall not extol Thee, holy King of kings?