1 O happy band of pilgrims,
if onward you will tread
with Jesus as your brother
and Jesus as your head!

2 O happy if you labour
as Jesus did for all;
O happy if you hunger
and follow at his call!

3 The cross that Jesus carried,
he carried as your due;
the crown that he is wearing
he wears it now for you.

4 The faith by which you see him,
the hope which bravely burns,
the love that through all troubles
to Jesus always turns:

5 What are they but his jewels
of true celestial worth;
what are they but a ladder
set up to heaven on earth?

6 The trials that afflict you,
the sorrows you endure:
what are they but the testing
that makes your calling sure?

7 O happy band of pilgrims,
look upward to the skies
beyond your earthly journey
stands Jesus as your prize!

Jubilate Hymns version of 'O happy band of pilgrims', John Mason Neale (1818 - 1866)
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