For Zion's sake I will not rest, I will not hold my peace

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1 For Zion's sake I will not rest,
I will not hold my peace
Until Jerusalem be blest
And Judah dwell at ease:

2 Until her righteousness return
As daybreak after night--
The lamp of her salvation burn
With everlasting light.

3 The Gentiles shall her glory see,
And kings declare her fame;
Appointed unto her shall be
A new and holy name.

4 The watchmen on her walls appear,
And day and night proclaim,
Zion's Deliverer is near;
Make mention of his name.

5 The Lord upholds her with his hand,
And claims her for his own--
The diadem of Judah's land
The glory of his crown.

6 Go through, go through, prepare the way,
The gates wide open fling;
With loudest voice let heralds say,
Behold thy coming King.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #574

Author: John Quarles

Quarles, John, son of Francis Quarles, was born in Essex in 1624, and was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He bore arms within the garrison at Oxford on behalf of Charles I. and subsequently (it is said) he was raised to the rank of captain in the King's service. On the downfall of the King, Quarles retired to London, and devoted himself to literature for a livelihood. He died there during the great Plague, 1665. He published several works including (1) Jeremiah's Lamentations Paraphrased, with Divine Meditations, 1648; and (2) Divine Meditations upon Several Subjects whereunto is annexed God's Love to Man’s Unworthiness, with several Divine Ejaculations. London, 1655 (Wood's Athenae Oxon.). From the Ejaculation, Mr. Darling adapted… Go to person page >

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First Line: For Zion's sake I will not rest, I will not hold my peace
Author: John Quarles

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KINGSFOLD

Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having heard the tune in Kingsfold,…

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