Blessed city, heavenly Salem

Blessed city, heavenly Salem, Vision dear of peace and love

Translator: John Mason Neale (1851)
Published in 63 hymnals

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1 Blessèd city, heavenly Salem,
vision dear of peace and love,
who of living stones art builded
in the height of heaven above,
and with angel hosts encircled,
as a bride dost earthward move!

2 From celestial realms descending,
bridal glory round thee shed,
meet for him whose love espoused thee,
to thy Lord shalt thou be led;
all thy streets and all thy bulwarks
of pure gold are fashioned.

3 Bright thy gates of pearl are shining,
they are open evermore;
and by virtue of his merits
thither faithful souls do soar,
who for Christ's dear name in this world
pain and tribulation bore.

4 Many a blow and biting sculpture
polished well those stones elect,
in their places now compacted
by the heavenly Architect,
who therewith hath willed for ever
that his palace should be decked.

5 Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the Head and comer-stone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the church in one,
Holy Sion's help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

6 All that dedicated city,
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
pours perpetual melody,
God the One in Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

7 To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, to-day;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

8 Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain,
what they gain from thee for ever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

Doxology:
Laud and honour to the Father,
laud and honour to the Son,
laud and honour to the Spirit,
ever Three, and ever One,
consubstantial, co-eternal,
while unending ages run.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #291

Translator: John Mason Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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A Church Hymn Book: for the use of congregations of the United Church of England and Ireland #165

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #291

Anglican Hymn Book #313

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #326

Church Hymns with Tunes #338

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Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #331a

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #207

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #208

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #519

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #520

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition #253

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #283

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #332

Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised #474

Hymns Ancient and Modern (Standard ed.) #396

Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #485

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Hymns of the Church Universal #487

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In Excelsis: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #779

Roman Hymnal, Complete edition: a Complete Manual of English Hymns and Latin Chants. 25th ed. #d11

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Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #245a

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Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #245b

Songs of praise : enlarged edition #190

The Book of Common Praise, being the Hymn Book of the Church of England in Canada. Annotated ed. #d60

The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #O36

The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #347a

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The Book of Worship: prepared for the use of the New Church, by order of the general convention (New York ed.) #151

The Catholic Hymnal and Service Book. Organ ed. #d17

The Catholic Hymnal and Service Book. Pew ed. #d18

The Chapel Hymnal with Tunes #d17

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The Christian Hymnal, Hymns with Tunes for the Services of the Church #84

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The Church Hymnal: revised and enlarged in accordance with the action of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892. (Ed. B) #400

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The Church Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for public worship #989

The Churchman's Hymn-Book, a Collection of Hymns Old and New, for Use in the Services of the Church #d43

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The Cyber Hymnal #554

The English Hymnal #169

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The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #609

The Hosanna #d11

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The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940 #383a

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The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940 #383b

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The Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892 #400a

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The Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892 #400b

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The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #508a

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The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #508b

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The Hymnal: published by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #635

The Missionary Tune Book #d9

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The New English Hymnal #204

The Oxford American Hymnal for Schools and Colleges #d44

The Oxford Hymn Book #161

The Saint Dunstan Hymnal, Plainsong Hymns with Accompaniments, from the Manuscripts of the late Rev. Winfred Douglas #d6

The Sarum Hymnal #267

The St. Alban Hymnal #d37

The University Hymn Book #d17

Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d44

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