1 Great is the Lord, and greatly he
is to be praised still,
Within the city of our God,
upon his holy hill.
2 Mount Zion stands most beautiful,
the joy of all the land;
the city of the mighty King
upon the north doth stand.
3 The Lord within her palaces
is for a refuge known.
4 For, lo, the kings that gathered were
together by have gone.
5 But when they did behold the same,
they wondering would not stay;
but, being troubled at the sight,
they thence did haste away.
6 Great terror there took hold on them,
with fear possessed they were;
their grief came like a woman’s pain,
when she a child doth bear.
7 Thou Tarshish ships with east wind break’st:
8 as we have heard it told,
so, in the city of the Lord,
our eyes did it behold;
In our God’s city, which his hand
for ever stablish will.
9 We of thy loving-kindness thought,
Lord, in thy temple still.
10 O God, according to thy name,
through all the earth’s thy praise;
and thy right hand, O God, is full
of righteousness always.
11 Because thy judgements are made known,
let Zion mount rejoice;
of Judah let the daughters all
send forth a cheerful voice.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round;
the high towers thereof tell:
13 consider ye her palaces,
and mark her bulwarks well;
That ye may tell posterity.
14 For this God doth abide
our God for evermore; he will
even unto death us guide.
ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…