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345. Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

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1 Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
he whose word cannot be broken
formed thee for his own abode:
on the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
thou may'st smile at all thy foes.

2 See, the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters,
and all fear of want remove;
who can faint, while such a river
ever flows their thirst t'assuage? -
grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.

3 Round each habitation hov'ring,
see the cloud and fire appear
for a glory and a cov'ring,
showing that the Lord is near:
thus deriving from their banner
light by night and shade by day,
safe they feed upon the manna
which he gives them when they pray.

4 Savior, if of Zion's city
I, through grace, a member am,
let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in thy name:
fading is the worldling's pleasure,
all his boasted pomp and show;
solid joys and lasting treasure
none but Zion's children know.

Text Information
First Line: Glorious things of thee are spoken
Title: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
Author: John Newton (1779)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D.
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: The Church: The Church of Christ; Christ: Abiding with Believers; Christ: Head of the Church (6 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: AUSTRIAN HYMN
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1797)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D.
Key: E♭ Major



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