|87 (2)||Psalm 87 Version 2||8 7. 8 7. D|
|(based on Psalm 87 and Isaiah 33:20-21)|
|GLORIOUS things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He Whose word cannot be broken,
Formed thee for His own abode:
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou mayest smile at all thy foes.
|2||See! the stream of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,
And all fear of want remove:
Who can faint while such a river
Ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace, which, like the Lord, the giver,
Never fails from age to age.
|3||Round each habitation hovering,
See the cloud and fire appear!
For a glory and a covering,
Showing that the Lord is near:
Blest inhabitants of Zion,
Washed in the Redeemer’s blood,
Jesus, Whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God.
|4||Saviour, if of Zion’s city,
I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in Thy name:
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show!
Solid joys and lasting treasure,
None but Zion’s children know.
|John Newton, 1725-1807|