Scripture Verse

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Psalm 122:1–2


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 349.

Music: More­cambe Fred­er­ick C. At­kin­son, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


My heart was glad to hear the wel­come sound,
The call to seek Je­ho­vah’s house of pray­er;
Our feet are stand­ing here on ho­ly ground,
Within thy gates, thou ci­ty grand and fair.

God’s peo­ple to Je­ru­sa­lem re­pair
To hear his Word and wor­ship Him with praise;
The throne of jus­tice stands eter­nal there,
Messiah’s throne through end­less length of days.

Let ear­nest pray­er be made for Zi­on’s peace;
Thy sons who hold thee dear shall pros­per well;
May bless­ing in thy pa­laces in­crease
And peace with­in thy walls for­ev­er dwell.

For all my breth­ren and com­pan­ions’ sakes
My pray­er shall be, Let peace in thee abide;
Since God the Lord in thee His dwell­ing makes,
To thee my love shall ne­ver be de­nied.