Scripture Verse

We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Isaiah 26:1


Words: P. H. Bris­tow, in Hymns We Love, ed­it­ed by Ad­am Gei­bel & Fred­er­ic W. Eick­hoff (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Ad­am Gei­bel Mu­sic, 1907), num­ber 147, alt.

Music: Pun­jab Ad­am Gei­bel, 1907 (🔊 pdf nwc) (re­peats last line of re­frain).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know Bris­tow’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Adam Geibel (1855–1933)


We have a strong ci­ty, in Ju­dah’s fair land,
Its walls are sal­va­tion, ap­point­ed to stand;
Salvation its bul­warks that ne­ver may fall,
Jehovah its build­er, He’s all and in all.


O Ci­ty, fair Ci­ty! thou beau­te­ous place;
Thy gates swing wide op­en, thy tem­ples are grace;
Who en­ter thy por­tals, for ev­er re­main;
There’s peace, per­fect peace, for Je­ho­vah doth reign.

Then op­en the gates, let the right­eous who hold
His truth, en­ter in, and be­come of His fold;
He’ll keep them in peace if their mind is but stayed;
And so they may trust Him, and be not afraid.


Forever and ev­er, O trust ye the Lord;
He’ll keep who­so­ev­er be­lieves in His word.
Jehovah, Thy strength ev­er­last­ing shall be;
Then op­en, fair Ci­ty, we come un­to thee.