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132. With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim

1 With joy I heard my friends exclaim,
“Come, let us in God’s temple meet";
within thy gates, O Zion blest,
Shall ever stand our willing feet.

2 How beautiful doth Zion stand,
a city built compact and fair;
the people of the Lord unite
with joy and praise to worship there.

3 They come to learn the will of God,
to pay their vows, his grace to own,
for there is judgment’s royal seat,
Messiah’s sure and lasting throne.

4 For Zion’s peace let prayer be made;
may all that love thee prosper well!
Within thy walls let peace abide,
and gladness with thy children dwell.

5 For love of friends and kindred dear,
my heart’s desire is Zion’s peace,
and for the house of God the Lord
my loving care shall never cease.


Text Information
First Line: With joy I heard my friends exclaim
Title: With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Church: Anniversaries and Dedications
Source: The Psalter, 1912
Tune Information
Composer: Percy C. Buck (1918)
Meter: LM
Key: G Major
Copyright: Used by permission of Oxford University Press

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