The festal morn, my God, is comeAuthor: James Merrick
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1 The festal morn, my God, is come
That calls me to Thy hallowed dome,
Thy presence to adore;
My feet the summons shall attend,
With willing steps Thy courts ascend,
And tread the sacred floor.
2 And now we greet with raptured eyes,
Fair Zion towering to the skies;
Within her gates we stand:
City of peace! how sweet the sight
When all thy sons in love unite,
A holy, happy band.
3 Hither from Judah’s utmost end,
The Heaven protected tribes ascend,
Their offerings hither bring;
Here eager to attest their joy,
In hymns of praise their tongues employ
And hail th’immortal King.
4 May peace forever dwell with thee,
O Salem—thus with bended knee,
To Jacob’s God we pray;
How blest who calls himself thy friend,
Success his labors shall attend,
And safety guard his way.
5 O may’st thou, free from hostile fear,
Never the voice of tumult hear,
Nor wasting war deplore;
May Plenty nigh thee take her stand,
And in thy courts with lavish hand,
Distribute all her store.
6 Seat of my friends and brethren, hail!
Ne’er shall my tongue, O Zion, fail
To bless thy loved abode;
Ne’er cease the zeal that in me glows
To seek thy good, whose walls enclose
The mansion of my God.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9828
The festal morn, my [O] God is come. J. Merrick. [Ps. cxxii. Sunday Morning.] Published in his Poems, 1763; and again in his Psalms Translated or Paraphrased in English Verse, 1765, p. 327, in 7 stanzas of 6 lines. It was given in several of the older, and is still retained in a few modern collections, but usually in an abbreviated and slightly altered form, as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872; E. Prout's Psalmist, 1878, and others. In the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, stanzas i.-v. were given as "With joy shall I behold the day." This form is repeated in several American collections, including The Church Hymnal, Philadelphia, 1869; and in 4 stanzas in the Protestant Episcopal Church Hymnal, 1871.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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