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Jerusalem, O city bright

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1 Jerusalem! O city bright,
Where the tree of life is growing, by the waters fair;
Jerusalem! O land of light!
Where the saints shall rest from toil and care.

O city ever bright and fair!
The saints of God are praising there,
In songs of heavn'nly harmonies, the King upon the throne;
'Mid joy supernal they shall rest,
In Jesus' presence ever blest;
By him redeem'd on the cross, by his blood alone.

2 No sorrow there, no toil nor care,
Ere shall cross thy sacred portals, nor thy peace shall move;
Our King is there, and mansions fair
Are prepar'd for those whom he doth love. [Chorus]

3 There all is pure, and rest secure
Is awaiting those who enter, never to remove;
Within thy gates a welcome waits,
Purchased by a Savior's endless love. [Chorus]

4 Sure hope shall bear our spirits there,
Ev'ry longing of the heart t'ward thee doth gladly tend;
There we shall sing unto our King
Songs of praise that ne'er shall have an end. [Chorus]

Source: The Voice of Praise: a compilation of the very best sacred songs for use in Sunday Schools and praise services #61

Author: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jerusalem, O city bright
Author: C. Austin Miles
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O city ever
Copyright: Public Domain


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The Voice of Praise #61

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