Scripture Verse

A city…whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10

Introduction

Words: Fran­cis T. Pal­grave, Hymns 1867.

Music: Old 120th Whole Book of Psalmes, by Tho­mas Est, 1592 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Francis T. Palgrave
1824–1897

Lyrics

O thou not made with hands,
Not throned above the skies,
Nor walled with shining walls,
Nor framed with stones of price,
More bright than gold or gem,
God’s own Je­ru­sa­lem.

Where’er the gentle heart
Finds courage from above;
Where’er the heart forsook
Warms with the breath of love;
Where faith bids fear depart,
City of God, thou art.

Thou art where’er the proud
In humbleness melts down;
Where self itself yields up;
Where martyrs win their crown;
Where faithful souls possess
Themselves in perfect peace.

Where in life’s common ways
With cheerful feet we go;
Where in His steps we tread,
Who trod the way of woe;
Where He is in the heart,
City of God, thou art.

Not throned above the skies,
Nor golden-walled afar,
But where Christ’s two or three
In His name gathered are,
Be in the midst of them,
God’s own Je­ru­sa­lem.