Zion, Founded on the Mountains

Representative Text

1 Zion, founded on the mountains,
God, your builder, loves you well;
glorious things of you are spoken,
he delights in you to dwell;
God's own city, God's own city, God's own city,
who can all your glory tell?

2 I will name as those who know me
Egypt, Tyre, and Babylon;
they will say of Cush and Rahab,
"This one was in Zion born."
God Almighty, God Almighty, God Almigty
shall establish Zion strong.

3 When the Lord shall count the nations,
sons and daughters he shall see,
born to endless life in Zion,
and their joyful song shall be:
"Blessed Zion, blessed Zion, blessed Zion,
all our fountains are in thee."

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #87A

Text Information

First Line: Zion, founded on the mountains
Title: Zion, Founded on the Mountains
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 87:1-2
st. 2 = Ps. 87:3-5
st. 3 = Ps. 87:6-7

This setting of Psalm 87 is more a poetic summary than the versification in the psalter section (87). It derives from the 1912 Psalter; with stanzas 2 and 3 significantly revised for the Psalter Hymnal. For further commentary on this psalm see PHH 87.

Liturgical Use:
See PHH 87.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



ZION (Hastings)

WORCESTER (Whinfield)

WORCESTER was composed in England by Walter G. Whinfield (b. South Elkington, Lincolnshire, England, 1865; d. Dodford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, 1919); it was published in the United States in the Episcopal Church Hymnal (1892). The tune is distinguished by its "rocket" motif–the rapid…

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