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Holy City 101b

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Benjamin Franklin White, 1844
Alto: Wilson Marion Cooper, 1902
Poet: Mead's General Selection, 1807
Meter: 7s,6s Double (7,6,7,6,7,6,7,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
There is a holy city,
A happy world above,
Beyond the starry regions,
Built by the God of love.
An everlasting temple,
And saints arrayed in white;
They serve their great Redeemer,
And dwell with Him in light.

There is a holy city,, Stanza 1
It is no world of trouble,
The God of peace is there,
He wipes away their sorrows,
He banishes their care;
Their joys are still increasing,
Their songs are ever new;
They praise th'eternal Father,
The Son and Spirit, too.

There is a holy city,, Stanza 2
Is this the Man of sorrows
Who stood at Pilate's bar,
Contemned by haughty Herod,
And by his men of war?
He seems a mighty conqu'ror,
Who spoiled the pow'rs below,
And ransomed many captives
From everlasting woe.

There is a holy city,, Stanza 4