Beautiful City

Beautiful Zion, built above

Author: George Gill
Tune: [Beautiful Zion, built above] (Cook)
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1. Beautiful Zion, built above,
Beautiful city that I love!
Beautiful gates of pearly white,
Beautiful temple--God its light!
He who was slain on Calvary,
Opens those pearly gates to me.

Zion, Zion, lovely Zion,
Beautiful Zion, city of our God.
Zion, Zion, lovely Zion,
Beautiful Zion, city of our God.

2. Beautiful heav'n where all is light,
Beautiful angles, clothed in white;
Beautiful strains that never tire,
Beautiful harps thro' all the choir;
There shall I join the chorus sweet,
Worshipping at the Saviour's feet. [Refrain]

3. Beautiful crowns on every brow,
Beautiful palms the conquerors' show;
Beautiful robes the ransomed wear,
Beautiful all who enter there;
Thither I press with eager feet,
There shall my rest be long and sweet. [Refrain]

4. Beautiful throne for Christ our King,
Beautiful songs the angels sing;
Beautiful rest--all wanderings cease,
Beautiful home of perfect peace;
There shall my eyes the Saviour see;
Haste to this heavenly home with me. [Refrain]

Grove Songs # 2, 1873

Author: George Gill

Gill, George, son of William Gill, was born at Tiverton, Devonshire, Jan. 23, 1820, and was for some time a missionary in the South Sea Islands. His hymn, "Beautiful Zion, built above " (Heaven), was "written" the author says, "on the island of Mangaia, South Seas, April, 1850." It was printed in the Juvenile Missionary Magazine in 1852. His re-written form of Phoebe Cary’s “One Sweetly Solemn Thought” beginning “this sweetly solemn thought” is dated 1861 and also appeared in the Juvenile Missionary Magazine, Gill left the South Sea in 1860, and in 1861 became pastor of Wesgate Congregational Chapel, Burnley. He died Aug. 19, 1880. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Beautiful Zion, built above
Title: Beautiful City
Author: George Gill
Refrain First Line: Zion, Zion, lovely Zion



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