Jerusalem high tower thy glorious walls

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1 Jerusalem! high tower thy glorious walls!
Would God I were in thee!
Desire of thee my longing heart enthralls,
Desire at home to be:
Wide from the world outleaping,
O'er hill and vale and plain,
My soul's strong wing is sweeping,
Thy portals to attain.

2 O gladsome day, and yet more gladsome hour!
When shall that hour have come,
When my rejoicing soul its own free power
May use in going home?
Itself to Jesus giving,
In trust to His own hand,
To dwell among the living,
In that blest Fatherland.

3 A moment's time, the twinkling of an eye,
Shall be enough to soar,
In buoyant exultation, through the sky,
And reach the heavenly shore.
Elijah's chariot bringing
The homeward traveller there;
Glad troops of angels winging
It onward through the air.

4 Great fastness thou of honour! thee I greet!
Throw wide thy gracious gate,
An entrance free to give these longing feet;
At last released, though late,
From wretchedness and sinning,
And life's long, weary way;
And now, of God's gift, winning
Eternity's bright day.

5 What throng is this, what noble troop, that pours,
Arrayed in beauteous guise,
Out through the glorious city's open doors,
To greet my wondering eyes?
The hosts of Christ's elected,
The jewels that He bears
In His own crown, selected
To wipe away my tears.

6 Of prophets great, and patriarchs high, a band
That once has borne the cross,
With all the company that won that land,
By counting gain for loss,
Now float in freedom's lightness,
From tyrants' chains set free;
And shine like suns in brightness,
Arrayed to welcome me.

7 One more at last arrived they welcome there,
To beauteous Paradise,
Where sense can scarce its full fruition bear,
Or tongue for praise suffice;
Glad hallelujahs ringing
With rapturous rebound,
And rich hosannas singing
Eternity's long round.

8 Unnumbered choirs before the Lamb's high throne
There shout the jubilee,
With loud resounding peal and sweetest tone,
In blissful ecstasy:
A hundred thousand voices
Take up the wondrous song;
Eternity rejoices
God's praises to prolong.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Translator: William Rollinson Whittingham

Whittingham, William Rollinson, D.D., LL.D., was born in New York, Dec. 2, 1805. He received his early education from his mother, and subsequently graduated at the General Theological Seminary, New York, 1825. He was for some time Rector of St. Mark's, Orange, New Jersey; then of St. Luke's, New York; and afterwards Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the General Seminary, N. Y., 1835. In 1840 he was consecrated Bishop of Maryland, and died in 1879. For talent, learning, and character, Bishop Whittingham is allowed to be one of the great American Bishops, if not the greatest. His contributions to hymnology were Specimens of a Church Hymnal, Baltimore, Dec. 1865, and two translations from the German, which appeared in Hymns for Church an… Go to person page >

Author: Johannes Matthaeus Meyfart

Meyfart, Johann Matthäus, was born Nov. 9, 1590 at Jena, during a visit which his mother (wife of Pastor Meyfart of Wablwinkel, near Waltershausen, Gotha) was paying to her father. He studied at the Universities of Jena (M.A. 1611; D.D. 1624) and Wittenberg, and was thereafter for some time adjunct of the philosophical faculty at Jena. In 1616, he was appointed professor in the Gymnasium at Coburg and in 1623 director; and during his residence at Coburg was a great moral power. When his colleagues in the Gymnasium made a complaint to the government regarding a dissertation (De disciplina ecclesiastica) which he published in 1633, he accepted the offer of the professorship of theology in the revived University of Erfurt. He entered on his w… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jerusalem high tower thy glorious walls
Translator: William Rollinson Whittingham
Author: Johannes Matthaeus Meyfart
Meter: Irregular
Language: English