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Ten thousand times ten thousand

Ten thousand times ten thousand. Henry Alford* (1810-1871). Three verses were printed in Good Words: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1 March 1867), in Alford’s The Year of Praise (1867) and in the Fifth Edition of his Poetical Works (1868) where it appears under ‘Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity’ with the text ‘Having done all, to stand’ (from the Epistle for that Sunday, Ephesians 6:10-20). It began with a tremendous vision: Ten thousand times ten thousand,  In sparkling raiment bright,The armies of the ransomed Saints  Throng up the steeps of light;... A fourth verse was added, beginning ‘Bring near Thy great Salvation’, in The Lord’s Prayer, Illustrated by F.R. Pickersgill, R.A. and...

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