1 Zion stands by hills surrounded,
Zion, kept by pow’r divine;
All her foes shall be confounded,
Though the world in arms combine;
Happy Zion, what a favored lot is thine!
2 Every human tie may perish;
Friend to friend unfaithful prove;
Mothers cease their own to cherish;
Heav’n and earth at last remove;
But no changes can attend Jehovah’s love.
3 In the furnace God may prove thee,
Thence to bring thee forth more bright,
But can never cease to love thee;
Thou art precious in His sight;
God is with thee—God, thine everlasting Light.
Truth in Song, 1907 (Timeless Truths)
|First Line:||Zion stands by hills surrounded|
|Title:||Zion Stands by Hills Surrounded|
|Author:||Thomas Kelly (pub.1806)|
Zion stands by hills surrounded. T. Kelly. [The Security of the Church.] First published in the 2nd edition of his Hymns, &c, 1806, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. (ed. 1853, No. 136). It is in common use in its full form, and also in centos, as:—
1. Every human tie may perish. This cento, beginning with stanza ii., is given in a few American collec¬tions.
2. On the Rock of Ages founded. In the 1874 Supplement to the New Congregational Hymn Book, No. 1216, is stanzas i., ii., iv., v. rewritten.
3. Sion stands with hills surrounded. This slightly altered text is in a few American hymnbooks.
Taking the original text and these centos together, it is found that the use of this hymn is somewhat extensive. It is based on Ps. cxxv., 2, and is a vigorous hymn on the Security of the Church of Christ.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)