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From Zion's holy hill there rose

From Zion's holy hill there rose

Author: James Richardson
Published in 3 hymnals

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From Zion’s holy hill there rose
A fount divine, that ever flows;
Heaven’s smile is on its waters shed,
By heaven’s own dews the fount is fed.

That stream of Truth—a silver thread,
Scarce known, save by its fountain-head—
Now onward pours, a mighty flood,
And fills the new-formed world with good.

Where’er that living fountain flows,
New life its healing wave bestows,
And man, from sin’s corruptions free,
Inspires with its own purity.

A spirit, breathed from Zion’s hill,
In holy hearts is living still,—
That Comforter from heaven above,
The presence of celestial love.

O, may this spirit ever be
Our bond of peace and unity!
Thus shall we teach, as Christ began,
Through love, the brotherhood of man.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #473

Author: James Richardson

Richardson, James, son of the Hon. James Richardson, of Dedham, Massachusetts, was born in that town May 25, 1817, and graduated at Harvard College, 1837. After being engaged, first as a clerk of the county courts, and then in teaching, he entered the Divinity School at Cambridge, where he graduated in theology in 1845. Subsequently he was Unitarian Pastor at Southington, Connecticut, and then of the Unitarian Society in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Ill health compelled him to retire from his pastoral work to Dedham. During the war he joined himself to the hospitals at Washington, where he died Nov. 10, 1863. Mr. Richardson was well known as an Essayist, Poet, and Preacher. Two of his hymns, from Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, 1848, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: From Zion's holy hill there rose
Author: James Richardson



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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #473

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #473

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Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #392

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