1 City of God, how broad and far
outspread thy walls sublime!
The true thy chartered freemen are
of every age and clime:
2 One holy church, one army strong,
one steadfast, high intent;
one working band, one harvest-song,
one King omnipotent.
3 How purely hath thy speech come down
from man's primaeval youth!
How grandly hath thine empire grown
of freedom, love, and truth!
4 How gleam thy watch-fires through the night
with never-fainting ray!
How rise thy towers, serene and bright,
to meet the dawning day!
5 In vain the surge's angry shock,
in vain the drifting sands:
unharmed upon the eternal Rock
the eternal city stands.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #613
|First Line:||City of God, how broad and far|
|Author:||Samuel Johnson (1860)|