Tune: AUSTRIAN HYMN

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn, 1797

Author: John Newton, 1779, alt.

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VERSE 1:
Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
He, whose word cannot be broken,
formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
thou may'st smile at all thy foes.

VERSE 2:
See, the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters,
and all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river
ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace which like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.

VERSE 3:
Round each habitation hovering,
see the cloud and fire appear
for a glory and a covering,
showing that the Lord is near!
Thus deriving from the banner
light by night and shade by day,
safe they feed upon the manna
which God gives them on their way.

VERSE 4:
Savior, since of Zion's city
I through grace a member am,
let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in Thy name.
Fading are the world's best pleasures,
all its boasted pomp and show;
solid joys and lasting treasures
none but Zion's children know.