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