1 With joy I heard my friends exclaim:
“Come, let us in God’s temple meet.”
Within your gates, O Zion blest,
shall ever stand our willing feet.
Come, let us go to the house of the Lord.
Zion, sing; sing out your peace and joy.
2 How beautiful does Zion stand,
a city built compact and fair;
the people of the Lord unite
with joy and praise to worship there. [Refrain]
3 They come to learn the will of God,
to pay their vows, God’s grace to own,
for there is judgment’s royal seat,
Messiah’s sure and lasting throne. [Refrain]
4 For Zion’s peace let prayers be made;
may all that love you prosper well!
Within your walls let peace abide,
and gladness with your children dwell. [Refrain]
5 For love of friends and kindred dear,
my heart’s desire is Zion’s peace,
and for the house of God, the Lord,
my loving care shall never cease. [Refrain]