Scripture Verse

The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. Revelation 21:18


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: Ber­nard of Mor­laix, 1146 (Urbs Si­on aur­ea). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, The Rhythm of Ber­nard of Mor­laix, Monk of Clu­ny, on the Cel­es­ti­al Coun­try, 1858.

Music: Ew­ing Al­ex­an­der Ew­ing, 1853 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ew­ing (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jerusalem the gold­en,
With milk and honey blest,
Beneath thy con­tem­pla­tion
Sink heart and voice op­pressed.
I know not, O I know not,
What joys await us there,
What radiancy of glo­ry,
What bliss beyond com­pare.

They stand, those halls of Zi­on,
All jubilant with song,
And bright with many an an­gel,
And all the mar­tyr throng;
The Prince is ev­er in them,
The daylight is se­rene.
The pastures of the bless­èd
Are decked in glo­ri­ous sheen.

There is the throne of Da­vid,
And there, from care re­leased,
The shout of them that tri­umph,
The song of them that feast;
And they, who with their lead­er,
Have conquered in the fight,
Forever and for­ev­er
Are clad in robes of white.

O sweet and bless­èd coun­try,
The home of God’s elect!
O sweet and bless­èd coun­try,
That eager hearts ex­pect!
Jesus, in mercy bring us
To that dear land of rest,
Who art, with God the Fa­ther,
And Spi­rit, ever blessed.

Brief life is here our por­tion,
Brief sorrow, short lived care;
The life that knows no end­ing,
The tearless life, is there.
O happy re­tri­bu­tion!
Short toil, eter­nal rest;
For mortals and for sin­ners,
A mansion with the blest.

That we should look, poor wan­der­ers,
To have our home on high!
That worms should seek for dwell­ings
Beyond the starry sky!
And now we fight the bat­tle,
But then shall wear the crown
Of full and ev­er­last­ing,
And passionless re­nown.

And how we watch and strug­gle,
And now we live in hope,
And Zion in her ang­uish
With Babylon must cope;
But He whom now we trust in
Shall then be seen and known,
And they that know and see Him
Shall have Him for their own.

For thee, O dear, dear coun­try,
Mine eyes their vi­gils keep;
For very love, be­hold­ing,
Thy happy name, they weep:
The mention of thy glo­ry
Is unction to the breast,
And medicine in sick­ness,
And love, and life, and rest.

O one, O only man­sion!
O paradise of joy!
Where tears are ever ban­ished,
And smiles have no al­loy;
The cross is all thy splen­dor,
The Cru­ci­fied thy praise,
His laud and be­ne­dic­tion
Thy ransomed people raise.

Jerusalem the glo­ri­ous!
Glory of the elect!
O dear and future vi­sion
That eager hearts ex­pect!
E’en now by faith I see thee,
E’en here thy walls dis­cern;
To thee my thoughts are kin­dled,
And strive, and pant, and yearn.

Jerusalem, the on­ly,
That look’st from Heav’n be­low,
In thee is all my glo­ry,
In me is all my woe!
And though my body may not,
My spirit seeks thee fain,
Till flesh and earth re­turn me
To earth and flesh again.

Jerusalem, ex­ult­ing
On that securest shore,
I hope thee, wish thee, sing thee,
And love thee ev­er­more!
I ask not for my mer­it:
I seek not to de­ny
My merit is de­struct­ion,
A child of wrath am I.

But yet with faith I ven­ture
And hope up­on the way,
For those pe­ren­ni­al guer­dons
I labor night and day.
The best and dear­est Fa­ther
Who made me, and who saved,
Bore with me in de­file­ment,
And from de­file­ment laved.

When in His strength I strug­gle,
For very joy I leap;
When in my sin I tot­ter,
I weep, or try to weep:
And grace, sweet grace ce­les­ti­al,
Shall all its love dis­play,
And Da­vid’s roy­al foun­tain
Purge ev­ery stain away.

O sweet and bless­èd coun­try,
Shall I e’er see thy face?
O sweet and bless­èd coun­try,
Shall I e’er win thy grace?
I have the hope with­in me
To comfort and to bless!
Shall I e’er reach thy glo­ry?
O tell me, tell me, Yes!

Strive, man, to win that glo­ry;
Toil, man, to gain that light;
Send hope be­fore to grasp it,
Till hope be lost in sight.
Exult, O dust and ash­es,
The Lord shall be thy part:
His only, His for­ev­er
Thou shalt be, and thou art.