Scripture Verse

Thou shalt call thy walls Sal­va­tion and thy gates Praise. Isaiah 60:18

Introduction

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Edward Hodges
(1796–1867)

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 65. The fu­ture peace and glo­ry of the church.

Music: Hymn to Joy from the 9th Sym­pho­ny of Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven, 1824 (Ode an die Freude). Adapt­ed by Ed­ward Hodg­es, 1824 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William Cowper
(1731–1800)

Lyrics

Hear what God the Lord hath spoken,
“O my people, faint and few,
Comfortless, afflicted, broken,
Fair abodes I build for you:
Themes of heartfelt tribulation
Shall no more perplex your ways;
You shall name your walls, Sal­va­tion,
And your gates shall all be praise.

“There, like streams that feed the garden,
Pleasures, without end, shall flow,
For the Lord, your faith rewarding,
All His bounty shall bestow;
Still in undisturbed possession
Peace and righteousness shall reign;
Never shall you feel oppression,
Hear the voice of war again.

Ye no more your suns descending,
Waning moons no more shall see;
But your griefs forever ending,
Find eternal noon in Me:
God shall rise, and shining o’er you,
Change to day the gloom of night;
He, the Lord, shall be your glory,
God your everlasting light.