Scripture Verse

Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Psalm 87:3


John Newton

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 60. Zi­on, or the ci­ty of God.

Music: Aus­tria (Hay­dn) ar­ranged by Franz J. Hay­dn, 1797, pos­si­bly from a Cro­a­tian folk tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Franz J. Haydn

Haydn origin­al­ly adapt­ed Austria for a pa­tri­o­tic song, Gott, er­halte Franz, den Kais­er, first per­formed for the em­per­or’s birth­day, Feb­ru­a­ry 12, 1797.

It is still used as the tune of the Ger­man song Das Deutsch­land­lied. Be­cause of the as­so­ci­a­tions the first stan­za (Deutsch­land, Deutsch­land über all­es…) de­vel­oped with the Na­zis, the third stan­za (Ein­ig­keit und Recht und Frei­heit/Für das Deutsche Va­ter­land) is the one now used for the Ger­man na­tion­al an­them.


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.

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 t’assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord, the giver,
Never fails from age to age.

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 our banner
Light by night and shade by day;
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which He gives them when they pray.

Blest inhabitants of Zion,
Washed in the Redeemer’s blood!
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God.
’Tis His love His people raises,
Over self to reign as kings,
And as priests, His solemn praises
Each for a thank offering brings.

Savior, if of Zion’s city,
I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in Thy name:
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure
None but Zion’s children know.