I will utter hidden things, things from of old—things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation.@Psalm 78:2–4
Felice de Giardini (1716–1796)
© National Portrait Gallery

John Pierpont, 1830. This is part two of a hymn beginning Break Forth in Song, Ye Trees, written for the second centennial celebration of the settlement of Boston, Massachusetts, September 17, 1830. It was included in Pierpont’s 1840 Poems and Hymns.

Italian Hymn Felice de Giardini, in The Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Chapel of the Lock Hospital, 1769 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John Pierpont (1785–1866)

Gone are those great and good
Who here, in peril, stood,
And raised their hymn.
Peace to the reverend dead!
The light that on their head
The passing years have shed
Shall ne’er grow dim.

Ye temples, that to God
Rise where our fathers trod,
Guard well your trust—
The faith that dared the sea,
The truth that made them free,
Their cherished purity,
Their garnered dust.

Thou high and holy One,
Whose care for sire and son
All nature fills—
While day shall break and close,
While night her crescent shows,
O let Thy light repose,
On these our hills.