Glorious things of you are spoken

Glorious things of you are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He whose word cannot be broken
formed you for his own abode:
on the Rock of ages founded,
what can shake your sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded
you may smile at all your foes.

2. See, the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply your sons and daughters
and all fear of want remove:
who can faint while such a river
ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord the giver
never fails from age to age.

3. Round each habitation hovering
see the cloud and fire appear
for a glory and a covering,
showing that the Lord is near:
thus they march, the pillar leading,
light by night and shade by day;
daily on the manna feeding
which he gives them as they pray.

4. Saviour, since of Zion’s city
I through grace a member am,
let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in your name:
fading are the world’s best pleasures,
all its boasted pomp and show;
solid joys and lasting treasures
none but Zion’s children know.

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