344. O 'Twas a Joyful Sound to Hear

1 O 'twas a joyful sound to hear
Our tribes devoutly say,
"Up, Israel! to the temple haste,
And keep your festal day.:

2 At Salem's courts we must appear
With our assembled pow'rs,
In strong and beauteous order ranged,
Like her united tow'rs.

3 O pray we then for Salem's peace;
For they shall prosp'rous be,
Thou holy city of our God,
Who bear true love to thee.

4 May peace within thy sacred walls
A constant guest be found;
With plenty and prosperity
Thy palaces be crowned.

5 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends
No less than brethren dear,
I'll pray, :May peace in Salem's tow'rs
A constant guest appear."

6 But most of all I'll seek thy good,
And ever wish thee well,
For Zion and the temple's sake,
Where God vouchsafes to dwell.

Text Information
First Line: O 'twas a joyful sound to hear
Title: O 'Twas a Joyful Sound to Hear
Meter: C.M.
Scripture: Psalm 122
Topic: The Church: The Church of Christ; Church: In the Old Dispensation; Church: Love for1 more...
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: OSWALD'S TREE
Composer: H. Walford Davies, 1869-1941
Meter: C.M.
Key: C Major
Copyright: Tune by permission of Oxford University Press.



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