Round the Sacred City Gather
Round the Sacred City gather
Egypt, Edom, Babylon;
All the warring hosts of error,
Sworn against her, move
Vain the leaguer! her foundations
Are upon the holy hills,
And the love of the Eternal
All her stately temple
Get thee, watchman, to the rampart!
Gird thee, warrior, with thy sword!
Be ye strong as ye
That amidst you is the Lord:
Like the night mists from the valley,
These shall vanish one by one,
Egypt’s malice, Edom’s
And the hate of Babylon.
But be true, ye sons and daughters,
Lest the peril be within:
prayer, lest, while ye slumber,
Stealthy foemen enter in:
Safe the mother and the children,
In their will and love be strong,
While their loyal hearts go
Prayer and praise for battle song.
Church of God! if we forget thee
Let His blessings fail our
When our love shall not prefer thee
Let His love forget our land—
Nay! to thee shall we be steadfast,
Though the world’s foundations
Love of thee is love for ever,
Love of thee for Jesus’ sake.
Church of Christ! upon thy banner,
Lo, His passion’s awful sign;
By that seal of His redemption
Thou art His, and He is thine:
From the depth of His atonement
Flows thy sacramental
From the height of His ascension
Flows the grace which is thy guide.
God the Spirit dwells within
His society divine,
His the living Word thou keepest,
His thy apostolic line.
Ancient prayer and song
Creeds that change not to the end,
As His gift we have received them,
As His charge we will defend.
To the Father, Spirit, Son,
In Whose will the Church at warfare
With the Church at rest is
So to Thee we sing in union,
God in earth and Heav’n adored,
Holy, holy, holy
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