Jerusalem the golden, With milk and honey blest!Author: Bernard of Cluny; Author: John Mason Neale
Published in 774 hymnals
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1 Jerusalem the golden,
descending from above,
the city of God's presence,
the vision of God's love -
I know not, oh, I know not
What joys await us there,
What radiancy of glory,
What bliss beyond compare!
2 They stand, those halls of Zion,
all jubilant with song,
so bright with many an angel,
And all the martyr throng.
The Prince is ever in them,
the daylight is serene;
the tree of life and healing
has leaves of richest green.
3 There is the throne of David,
And there, from pain released,
the shout of those who triumph,
The song of those who feast.
And all who with their leader
Have conquered in the fight,
Forever and forever
Are robed in purest white.
4 How lovely is that city,
the home of God's elect!
How beautiful the country
that eager hearts expect!
O Christ, in mercy bring us
to that eternal shore
where Father, Son, and Spirit
are worshiped evermore.
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #488
|First Line:||Jerusalem the golden, With milk and honey blest!|
|Title:||Jerusalem the Golden|
|Latin Title:||Hora Novissima|
|Author:||Bernard of Cluny|
|Author:||John Mason Neale|
st. 1 = Rev. 21:1-2, 21
st. 2 = Rev. 21:12-14, 22-25, Rev. 22:1-2
st. 3 = Rev. 22:3-5
st. 4 = Heb. 11:13-16
This hymn was translated from part of a satiric poem of almost three thousand lines, "De Contemptu Mundi" ("the contemptable world"), written around 1145 by the twelfth-century monk Bernard of Cluny. Not to be confused with Bernard of Clairvaux, Bernard of Cluny is thought to have been born in Murles, France, supposedly of English parents. He spent the greater part of his adult life in the famous monastery of Cluny during the time that Peter the Venerable was its abbot (1122-1156). Founded in 910 with high standards of monastic observance, the monastery was wealthy–its abbey, with splendid worship services, was the largest of its time. In the twelfth century there were more than three hundred monasteries that had adopted the Cluny order. During his life Bernard was known for his published sermons and his piety, but his lasting fame rests on "De Contemptu Mundi."
In that poem Bernard applied dactylic hexameter (six groups of triplets) and intricate internal rhyme schemes to satirize the evils of his culture, as well as those of the church and his own monastery. Amazed at his own skill and discipline, Bernard said, "Unless the Spirit of wisdom and understanding had flowed in upon me, I could not have put together so long a work in so difficult a meter." To put sin in sharp relief, Bernard began his poem by focusing on the glories of heaven.
Seven hundred years later Richard C. Trench published the initial stanzas of the Poem, beginning "Urbs Sion aurea, patria lactea," in his Sacred Latin Poetry(1849). John M. Neale (PHH 342) translated this portion of the poem into English and published it in his Medieval Hymns and Sequences (1851). Neale made revisions and additions to his earlier free translation when he published it in his The Rhythm of Bernard (1858). The text found in the Psalter Hymnal is the most popular of the four hymns derived from Neale's translation.
This text "of such rare beauty" (Neale's words) is based on the imagery of the new Jerusalem found in Revelation 21:22. Like the saints described in Hebrews 11:13-16, Christians today long "for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God … has prepared a city for them." As we sing “Jerusalem the Golden,” we yearn for a fulfillment of this vision, for the Lord to come quickly so that we may be a part of "the city of God's presence.”
Any service in which the new creation (as symbolized in the celestial city) is the theme; as a song of comfort and hope; for meditation.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (18)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #527||Jerusalem, the golden||Jerusalem, the Golden||Bernard of Cluny; John Mason Neale||Alexander C. Ewing||126.96.36.199 D||Revelation 21:2||EWING||D Flat Major||1991|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #214||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny, 12th century; John M. Neale, 1818-66||Alexander C. Ewing, 1830-95||188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206||EWING||C Major||1993|
|Christian Worship: supplement #728||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny, 12th century||Gustav Holst, 1874-1934||THAXTED||B Flat Major||2008|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #670||Jerusalem the golden||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #747||Jerusalem the golden||John Mason Neale (1818-1866); Bernard of Cluny (12th century)||Alexander Ewing (1830-1895)||220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168||Ezekiel 44:1-4; Hebrews 12:22-24; Psalm 122; Revelation 7:9-17; Revelation 21 - 22||EWING||C Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise (1998) #278||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny (12th cent.); John Mason Neale (1818-1866)||Alexander Ewing (1830-1895)||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 46; Psalm 48; Psalm 87; Psalm 132; Ezekiel 43:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:1-15; Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2; Revelation 21:1-6; Revelation 21:10; Revelation 22:7; Revelation 22:1-21; Psalm 46; Psalm 48; Psalm 87; Psalm 132; Ezekiel 43:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:1-15; Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2; Revelation 21:1-6; Revelation 21:10; Revelation 22:7; Revelation 22:1-21||EWING||C Major||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #347||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the golden||2000|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #624||Jerusalem the golden||Bernard of Cluny, 12th cent.; John Mason Neale, 1830-1895||Alexander Ewing||126.96.36.199 D||EWING||C Major||English||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #184||Jerusalem the golden||188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #573||Jerusalem the golden||Bernard of Cluny ; J. M. Neale (1818-1866)||A. Ewing (1830-1895)||220.127.116.11 D||EWING||C Major||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #259||Jerusalem the golden||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124||1996|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #488||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny, 12th c; John M. Neale||Alexander Ewing||126.96.36.199 D||Hebrews 11:13-16; Revelation 21:1-25; Revelation 22:1-5||EWING||C Major||2013|
|Lutheran Service Book #672||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||John Mason Neale, 1818-66; Bernard of Cluny, 12th cent.||Alexander C. Ewing, 1830-95||188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206||Revelation 21:18-23; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Revelation 7:9-17; Isaiah 60:19-20||EWING||C Major||English||2006|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #618||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny, 12th cent; John Mason Neale||Alexander Ewing||220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168||Hebrews 11:16||EWING||C Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #579||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny; J. M. Neale||Alexander Ewing||22.214.171.124 D||Revelation 19:9||EWING||C Major||English||1985|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #429||Jerusalem the golden, With milk and honey blest||EWING||1985|
|The Worshiping Church #754||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny; John M. Neale||Alexander Ewing||126.96.36.199 D||Hebrews 11:37; Romans 14:7; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Hebrews 7:14; Revelation 3:4-5; Revelation 21:10||EWING||C Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #539||Jerusalem the golden||Jerusalem the Golden||Bernard of Cluny, 12th cent.; John Mason Neale||Alexander Ewing||188.8.131.52 D||Revelation 21:18||EWING||C Major||English||1990|