613. O Holy City, Seen of John

1 O holy city, seen of John,
where Christ, the Lamb, does reign,
within whose foursquare walls shall come
no night, nor need, nor pain,
And where the tears are wiped from eyes
that shall not weep again.

2 O shame to us who rest content
while lust and greed for gain
in street and shop and tenement
wring gold from human pain,
And bitter lips in blind despair
cry “Christ has died in vain!”

3 Give us, O God, the strength to build
the city that has stayed
too long a dream, whose laws are love,
whose ways are your own ways,
And where the sun that blazes
is your grace for all our days.

4 Already in the mind of God
that city is prepared:
oh, how its splendor challenges
the souls that greatly dare,
Yes, bids us seize the whole of life
and build its glory there.

Text Information
First Line: O holy city, seen of John
Title: O Holy City, Seen of John
Author: Walter Russell Bowie (1910, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ;
Topic: Biblical Names; City of God; Justice and Peace (7 more...)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: C. Winfred Douglas (1940)
Key: f minor
Source: Melody from Sixteen Tune Settings, 1812
Copyright: Arrangement © 1940 The Church Pension Fund

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