Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

SATB, organ, optional congregation

Written for All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Richland, WA to honor their retiring organist, Ann Nash. Easily learned, and the congregation may join on the last verse.


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words: John Newton (1725-1807)

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 may’st smile at all thy foes.

See! the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters
and all fear of want remove.
Who can faint, when such a river
ever flows their thirst assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.

Round each habitation hovering,
see the cloud and fire appear,
for a glory and a covering,
showing that the Lord is near.
From their baner thus deriving
light by night and shade by day;
Safe, they feed upon the manna
which he gives them when they pray.

Blest inhabitants of Zion,
washed in the redeemer’s blood!
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
makes them kings and priests to God.
‘Tis his love his people raises
over self to reign as kings:
and as priests, his solemn praises
each for a thank-offering brings.