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.
|First Line:||O 'twas a joyful sound to hear|
|Title:||O 'Twas a Joyful Sound to Hear|
|Topic:||The Church: The Church of Christ; Church: In the Old Dispensation; Church: Love for(1 more...)|
|Source:||Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698|
|Composer:||H. Walford Davies, 1869-1941|
|Copyright:||Tune by permission of Oxford University Press.|