Scripture Verse

There was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Revelation 4:3


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Ra­di­ant Songs, by John Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1891).

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


When the clouds hang dark and hea­vy,
And the roll­ing surge we hear,
When no earth­ly pow­er can shield us
From the storm that most we fear,
O ’tis then our Fa­ther’s pre­sence
To the trust­ing heart is shown,
In a bright and glo­ri­ous vi­sion
Of the rain­bow round the throne.


O the rain­bow round the throne!
Lovely rain­bow round the throne!
Ever bril­liant, ever spark­ling
Shines the rain­bow round the throne.

When we stand amid the con­flict
Of the bat­tle rag­ing high,
When the tempt­er seems to tri­umph,
And our ranks des­pond­ing fly,
With the fleet­ness of an ar­row
God’s pro­tect­ing care is shown,
In the bright­ness that des­cend­eth
From the rain­bow round the throne.


When the veil of time is lift­ed,
And the sha­dows melt away,
When we fall asleep in Je­sus,
And awake in end­less day,
When the bat­tle march is end­ed,
And our cares and tears have flown,
We shall gaze, and gaze for­ev­er,
On the rain­bow round the throne.