Blessed city, heavenly Salem (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words to the alternative tune Westminster Abbey in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn to the alternative tune Westminster Abbey in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Blessed city, heavenly Salem
Composer: Henry Purcell
Tune: Westminster Abbey

Translation by John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 283

Description: Text translated from the Latin by John Mason Neale.

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/descants.html

Original text and translations

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Blessèd city, heavenly Salem,
vision dear of peace and love,
who of living stones art builded
in the height of heaven above,
and by angel hosts encircled
as a bride dost earthward move!

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and corner-stone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one,
holy Sion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of hosts, to-day;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray;
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain,
what they gain from thee for ever
with the blessèd to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.