City of God, Jerusalem


City of God, Jerusalem,
where he has set his love;
Church of Christ that is one on earth
with Jerusalem above:
here as we walk this changing world
our joys are mixed with tears,
but the day will be soon
when the Savior returns
and his voice will banish our fears.

Sing and be glad, Jerusalem,
for God does not forget;
he who said he would come to save
never failed his people yet.
Though we are tempted by despair
and daunted by defeat,
our invincible Lord
will be seen in his strength,
and his triumph will be complete.

Sorrow no more, Jerusalem,
discard your rags of shame!
take off your crown as a gift from God
who has called you by his name.
Put off your sin, and wear the robe
of glory in its place;
you will shine in his light,
you will share in his joy,
you will praise his wonderful grace.

Look all around, Jerusalem,
survey from west to east;
sons and daughters of God the king
are invited to his feast.
Out of their exile far away
his scattered family come,
and the streets will resound
with the songs of the saints
when the Savior welcomes us home.


Words: Christopher Idle (1938-);
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MIDI: Benson (Millicent D. Kingham, 1866-1927)

Meter: 14 15 14 12 8

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 187 Benson  
Church Family Worship, 1988 595 Benson  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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