Scripture Verse

Praise awaits Thee, O God, in Zion. Psalm 65:1

Introduction

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Timothy Dwight
(1752–1817)

Words: Ti­mo­thy Dwight, 1800.

Music: Ly­man Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven (1770–1827), in Book of Praise for the Sun­day School, by George A. Bell & Hu­bert P. Main (New York: Big­low & Main, 1875), page 7 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770–1827)

Lyrics

In Zion’s sacred gates
Let hymns of praise begin,
While acts of faith and love
In ceaseless beauty shine;
In mercy there, while God is known,
Before His throne with songs appear.

The promises I sing,
Which sovereign love hath spoke;
Nor will our heav’nly king
His words of grace revoke;
They stand secure, and steadfast still,
Nor Zion’s hill abides so sure.

The mountains melt away,
When once the Judge appears;
And sun and moon decay,
That measure mortal years;
But still the same, in radiant lines,
Thy promise shines thro’ all the flame.

Rejoice! Our Lord is king!
Our God and king adore;
Yea, all give thanks and sing,
And triumph evermore;
Lift up the heart, lift up the voice,
Rejoice aloud, let all rejoice.