344. O 'Twas a Joyful Sound to Hear

1 O 'twas a joyful sound to hear
our tribes devoutly say,
"Up, Israel! to the temple haste,
and keep your festal day."

2 At Salem's courts we must appear
with our assembled pow'rs,
in strong and beauteous order ranged,
like her united tow'rs.

3 O pray we then for Salem's peace;
for they shall prosp'rous be,
thou holy city of our God,
who bear true love to thee.

4 May peace within thy sacred walls
a constant guest be found;
with plenty and prosperity
thy palaces be crowned.

5 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends
no less than brethren dear,
I'll pray, "May peace in Salem's tow'rs
a constant guest appear."

6 But most of all I'll seek thy good,
and ever wish thee well,
for Zion and the temple's sake,
where God vouchsafes to dwell.

Text Information
First Line: O 'twas a joyful sound to hear
Title: O 'Twas a Joyful Sound to Hear
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: The Church: The Church of Christ; Church: In the Old Dispensation; Church: Love for (1 more...)
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
Tune Information
Composer: H. Walford Davies, 1869-1941
Meter: C.M.
Key: C Major
Copyright: Tune by permission of Oxford University Press.

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