City of God, how broad and far

City of God, how broad and far

Author: Samuel Johnson (1860)
Tune: RICHMOND (Haweis)
Published in 146 hymnals

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1 City of God, how broad and far
outspread thy walls sublime!
The true thy chartered freemen are
of every age and clime:

2 One holy church, one army strong,
one steadfast, high intent;
one working band, one harvest-song,
one King omnipotent.

3 How purely hath thy speech come down
from man's primaeval youth!
How grandly hath thine empire grown
of freedom, love, and truth!

4 How gleam thy watch-fires through the night
with never-fainting ray!
How rise thy towers, serene and bright,
to meet the dawning day!

5 In vain the surge's angry shock,
in vain the drifting sands:
unharmed upon the eternal Rock
the eternal city stands.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #613

Author: Samuel Johnson

Johnson, Samuel, M.A, was born at Salem, Massachusetts, Oct. 10, 1822, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in Arts in 1842, and in Theology in 1846. In 1853 he formed a Free Church in Lynn, Massachusetts, and remained its pastor to 1870. Although never directly connected with any religious denomination, he was mainly associated in the public mind with the Unitarians. He was joint editor with S. Longfellow (q. v.) of A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion, Boston, 1846; the Supplement to the same, 1848; and Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. His contributions to these collections were less numerous than those by S. Longfellow, but not less meritorious. He died at North Andover, Massachusetts, Feb. 19, 1882. His hymns were thus contr… Go to person page >



RICHMOND (also known as CHESTERFIELD) is a florid tune originally written by Thomas Haweis (PHH 270) and published in his collection Carmina Christo (1792). Samuel Webbe, Jr., adapted and shortened the tune and published it in his Collection of Psalm Tunes (1808). It was reprinted in 1853 in Webbe's…

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The Cyber Hymnal #878
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Small Church Music #325
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #613Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #400Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #108
Complete Mission Praise #814
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #173
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #809
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #111
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #85
Small Church Music #325Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #878TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #346
Include 135 pre-1979 instances