Scripture Verse

The city of my God, which is new Jerusalem. Revelation 3:12


Words: George T. Cos­ter; writ­ten at Bed­ford Park, Lon­don, Au­gust 18, 1897, and pub­lished in the Con­gre­ga­tion­alist week­ly The In­de­pen­dent, Jan­u­a­ry 27, 1898.

Music: Ci­ty of Light Ar­thur V. Cos­ter (1864–1931) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of George or Arthur Coster (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


King of the City Splendid,
Eternal in the height,
May all our country’s cities
Grow holy in Thy sight;
Cleansed from the deeds of darkness—
Cities of light.

Teach love to gladden children
That know not childhood’s mirth,
Wronged of their rights—no beauty
In their scant reach of earth;
To hope’s large sunshine give them
A second birth.

Give joy to all the joyless,
Song’s voice to sorrows dumb,
May light invade with blessing
Each dark and deathly slum;
Into earth’s realms of horror
Thy King­dom come!

Soon may our country’s cities
Thy robe of glory wear;
Each place of toil a temple,
Each house a home of prayer;
Each city’s name of beauty—
The Lord is there!