Scripture Verse

The holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2


Richard W. Adams (1952–)

Words: Ri­chard W. Ad­ams, 2009 (pub­lic do­main). De­di­cat­ed to Com­mu­ni­ty Co­ve­nant Church, Oma­ha, Ne­bra­ska.

Music: Dar­wall’s 148th John Dar­wall, in The New Uni­vers­al Psal­mo­dist, by Aar­on Will­iams, 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


The ci­ty of our God,
Jerusalem the bright,
Her gleam­ing wall and spires tall
Adorn the sight.
The Lord with­in
Awaits us there, with man­sions fair,
In glo­ri­ous light.

No tem­ple will there be,
No sun or moon need shine,
The glo­ry of the Lord and Lamb
Will be its shrine.
The na­tions walk
Within its light, O won­drous sight—
What ho­ly sign!

Where gleam of pre­cious stone
And gates of pearl sur­round,
Foursquare it stands, o’er all the lands,
In beau­ty crowned.
All pain is gone:
No death or tears—our sor­row, fears
Are no more found.

Our true and heart’s de­sire,
To live with­in God’s walls,
From mount­ain peak your tow­ers we seek,
The gleam­ing halls.
O draw us there;
From streets of gold, Love ma­ni­fold
Our wel­come calls.