Singing through the Year: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

This Sunday’s hymn, “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” is a hymn of praise by John Newton. A prolific writer, Newton’s other hymn texts include “Amazing Grace,” “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.”

We’ll be singing a tune adapted from a string quartet by the composer Franz Joseph Haydn. You may also enjoy this different setting sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
God whose word cannot be broken
formed thee for a blest 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.

Round each habitation hovering,
see the cloud and fire appear
for a glory and a covering,
showing that the Lord in near!
Thus deriving from their banner
light by night and shade by day,
safe they feed upon the manna
which God gives them while they pray.

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 while such a river
ever flows, their their thirst to assuage?
Grace, so like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.

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Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday’s readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.