Zion, Founded on the Mountains

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1 Zion, founded on the mountains,
God, thy Maker, loves thee well;
He has chosen thee, most precious,
He delights in thee to dwell;
God's own city,
Who can all thy glory tell?

2 Heathen lands and hostile peoples
Soon shall come the Lord to know;
Nations born again in Zion
Shall the Lord's salvation show;
God Almighty,
Shall on Zion strength bestow.

3 When the Lord shall count the nations,
Sons and daughters He shall see,
Born to endless life in Zion,
And their joyful song shall be.
"Blessed Zion,
All our fountains are in thee."

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

Text Information

First Line: Zion, founded on the mountains
Title: Zion, Founded on the Mountains
Language: English


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 87:1-2
st. 2 = Ps. 87:3-5
st. 3 = Ps. 87:6-7

This setting of Psalm 87 is more a poetic summary than the versification in the psalter section (87). It derives from the 1912 Psalter; with stanzas 2 and 3 significantly revised for the Psalter Hymnal. For further commentary on this psalm see PHH 87.

Liturgical Use:
See PHH 87.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



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WORCESTER was composed in England by Walter G. Whinfield (b. South Elkington, Lincolnshire, England, 1865; d. Dodford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, 1919); it was published in the United States in the Episcopal Church Hymnal (1892). The tune is distinguished by its "rocket" motif–the rapid…

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