O Mother Dear, Jerusalem

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1 O Mother dear, Jerusalem,
When shall I come to thee?
When shall my sorrows have an end?
Thy joys when shall I see?
O happy harbor of the saints!
O sweet and pleasant soil!
In thee no sorrow may be found,
No grief, no care, no toil.

2 Thy walls are made of precious tones,
Thy bulwarks diamonds square;
Thy gates are of right orient pearl,
Exceeding rich and rare.
Thy turrets and thy pinnacles
With garnets rare do shine;
Thy very streets are paved with gold,
Surpassing clear and find.

3 Thy gardens and thy gallant walks
Continually are green,
They grow such sweet and pleasant flow'rs
As nowhere else are seen.
Quite through the streets, with silver sound,
The flood of life doth flow,
Upon whose banks on ev'ry side side
The wood of life doth grow.

4 Those trees for evermore bear fruit,
And evermore do spring;
Then evermore the angels sit,
And evermore do sing.
Jerusalem, my happy home,
Would God I were in thee!
Would God my woes were at an end,
Thy joys that I might see!


Source: Trinity Hymnal #603

Author: F. B. P.

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Alterer: David Dickson

Dickson, David, the reputed author of "Jerusalem, my happy home," in the form of "O mother dear, Jerusalem," was a Scottish Presbyterian Minister born at Glasgow in 1583, and for some time Professor of Divinity at Glasgow (1610), and then (1650) in the University of Edinburgh. He was deprived of his office at the Restoration for refusing the Oath of Supremacy, and died in 1663. His Life was published by Robert Wodrow in 1726. His connection with the Jerusalem hymn is given under Jerusalem, my happy home, q.v. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O mother dear, Jerusalem
Title: O Mother Dear, Jerusalem
Author: F. B. P.
Alterer: David Dickson
Publication Date: 1853
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.



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