Scripture Verse

A great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. Revelation 7:9


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, 1829.

Music: Palms of Glo­ry Will­iam D. Mac­La­gan, in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William D. MacLagan (1826–1910)
National Portrait Gallery



Palms of glo­ry, rai­ment bright,
Crowns that ne­ver fade away,
Gird and deck the saints in light,
Priests, and kings, and con­quer­ors they.

Yet the conquerors bring their palms
To the Lamb amidst the throne,
And pro­claim in joy­ful psalms
Victory through His cross alone.

Kings for harps their crowns re­sign,
Crying, as they strike the chords,
Take the king­dom, it is Thine,
King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Round the al­tar priests con­fess,
If their robes are white as snow,
’Twas the Sav­ior’s right­eous­ness
And His blood that made them so.

Who were these? On earth they dwelt,
Sinners once of Ad­am’s race,
Guilt and fear and suf­fer­ing felt,
But were saved by so­ve­reign grace.

They were mor­tal too like us;
O, when we like them shall die,
May our souls trans­lat­ed thus
Triumph, reign, and shine on high.