Tuesday, September 19, 2006

This month's homeschool hymn

In our AmblesideOnline curriculum we have a monthly hymn rotation. This month's selection is Marching to Zion. I must confess that I'd never really read the words of this hymn carefully. What precious words of joy and glory in the here and now as we march through Immanuel's ground to fairer worlds on high!

Marching To Zion

Come, we that love the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
And thus surround the throne.

We're marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We're marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.

The sorrows of the mind
Be banished from the place;
Religion was never designed,
To make our pleasures less.

Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But favorites of the heavenly King,
May speak their joys abroad.

The God that rules on high,
And thunders when He please,
Who rides upon the stormy sky,
And manages the seas.

This awful God is ours,
Our Father and our Love,
He will send down his heav'nly powers,
To carry us above.

There we shall see His face,
And never, never sin!
There, from the rivers of His grace,
Drink endless pleasures in.

Yea, and before we rise
To that immortal state,
The thoughts of such amazing bliss,
Should constant joys create.

The men of grace have found,
Glory begun below.
Celestial fruits on earthly ground
From faith and hope may grow.

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav'nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets.

Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We're marching through Immanuel's ground
To fairer worlds on high.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I remember this one well from our Sunday night hymn-sings at our little church in Massachusetts. I love it!