City of God, how broad and far (Thomas Haweis)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: City of God, how broad and far
Composer: Thomas Haweis
Tune: Richmond
Lyricist: Samuel Johnson (clergyman)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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

Original text and translations

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City of God, how broad and far
outspread thy walls sublime!
the true thy chartered freemen are
of every age and clime:

one holy church, one army strong,
one steadfast, high intent;
one working band, one harvest-song,
one King omnipotent.

How purely hath thy speech come down
from man’s primeval youth!
how grandly hath thine empire grown
of freedom, love, and truth!

How gleam thy watch-fires through the night
with never-fainting ray!
how rise thy towers, serene and bright,
to meet the dawning day!

In vain the surge’s angry shock,
in vain the drifting sands:
unharmed upon the eternal Rock
the eternal city stands.